Ipswich Town to get big windfall if hot-shot Jordan Rhodes is sold
THE Super Blues could be celebrating a six-figure windfall if prolific hitman Jordan Rhodes is sold for big money in the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old has become one of the hottest properties in the country after his blistering form for Huddersfield Town this season – including his four-goal blitz against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
And while many fans would rather be cheering on Rhodes in the blue of Ipswich, the club could soon be benefiting from a sell-on clause that would swell the money made for Rhodes – who never made a competitive start for Town – to over �1 million.
The young striker, then 19 years old, was sold by Roy Keane in July 2009 for an undisclosed fee – believed to be around �400,000.
Speaking at the time, Keane admitted selling the youngster was a risk but was tempered by the emergence of fellow rising teen Connor Wickham.
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A further �100,000 has since been earned due to various clauses based on appearances, goals and his involvement with Scotland at Under-21s and then full level.
But it is the actual sale of Rhodes from Huddersfield that Town fans will be keeping a close eye on as the Evening Star understands Ipswich negotiated a 10% sell-on clause which could be about to pay dividends.
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Although Terriers boss Lee Clark has maintained a tough stance in the face of fervent speculation, a host of Premier League and Championship clubs might test it when the transfer window opens in less than two weeks time.
Clark maintained: “Jordan doesn’t have a value - the chairman will not sell. He has stated that his money is better in Jordan than in the bank. The lad doesn’t want to leave, which is just as important. We dealt with the issue weeks ago, because we knew he would be hot property. Promotion is more important to the chairman than pounds.”
With Town target Billy Sharp rated at �3 million this week by his club Doncaster, Rhodes could be put in the same bracket and he is four years younger than the Rovers striker. It might even take a bigger offer to tempt Huddersfield to part with their prize asset who has scored 25 goals in 22 games this season for club and country.
Rhodes never started for Ipswich, making 10 appearances from the bench and scoring one goal – scoring at Portman Road in a 1-1 draw against Cardiff City.