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Middlesbrough pull out of deal for Blackburn star

Jordan Rhodes wanted too much, it would seem. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have confirmed a proposed move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes has collapsed over personal terms.

Aitor Karanka's Sky Bet Championship side had a reported £11million bid for Rovers' Scotland international accepted on Friday night and he was left out of Paul Lambert's squad at Oxford on Saturday.

However, the move has hit the rocks following discussions between Boro and Rhodes.

A short club statement posted on Middlesbrough's official website read: "The club can confirm that we have held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms."

Blackburn to reinvest Rhodes money in squad

Jordan Rhodes will bring in £9million. Credit: PA

Paul Lambert vowed to use the cash from the sale of Jordan Rhodes to rebuild Blackburn.

Rovers fans were reeling on Friday night when the news emerged that their prolific striker was on his way to Middlesbrough for talks over a reported £9million move.

Rhodes had travelled with the Blackburn squad to Oxford for their FA Cup fourth-round tie, only to head to the north east once the two clubs agreed a fee.

It happened late last night, we were in the hotel and we got the call.

The lad came and saw me, he wanted to go, and to be honest I thought the club should have taken the offer the summer before.

Jordan has been excellent for Blackburn, but the money is too good to turn down. The investment will help, the club has got to rebuild. We need a stronger team to be able to get out of this league.

– Paul Lambert


Blackburn sign Sunderland striker Graham

Danny Graham has dropped down to the Championship. Credit: PA

Championship side Blackburn Rovers have signed striker Danny Graham on loan for the rest of the season.

Former Swansea forward Graham never became a regular at Stadium of Light as he struggled to find the net.

It’s been a mad 24 hours, I was training with Sunderland yesterday morning and then I came down here last night to get things sorted, so I’m delighted to get it done, I’m looking forward to the first game against Charlton and hopefully we can get off to a flying start.

I was aware of the interest in the background and obviously I’ve been playing a bit at Sunderland the last few weeks, so I’m coming here with games under my belt, which is also pleasing, so hopefully we can both do well for each other.

I spoke to the manager a few times and obviously he’s got some good players. The transfer embargo has been lifted, so they want to sign players and move the club forward. For me to get out of Sunderland and have a fresh challenge is superb for me, so I’m delighted to get it done, I can’t wait to get going and hopefully we can pull together and move up the table.

– Danny Graham

Fulham hold on to beat Blackburn

Moussa Dembele got Fulham's second. Credit: PA

Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele fired Fulham to a 2-1 victory and piled on the misery for Blackburn.

Winless Rovers are rooted in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship after finding themselves two goals down inside the opening half an hour.

What should have then been a Sunday stroll for Fulham became less straightforward when Jordan Rhodes halved the arrears from the penalty spot.

It got a touch feisty in the second half. Credit: PA


Modou Barrow returns to Swansea from Blackburn loan

Swansea have recalled winger Modou Barrow from his loan spell at Blackburn.

Barrow originally moved to the Sky Bet Championship club on a three-month deal in August, but has returned to Swansea following Nathan Dyer's season-long loan switch to Leiceste

Blackburn fans pay tribute to Jack Walker 15 years on

Blackburn's former owner passed away 15 years ago this week. Credit: Reuters
The Jack Walker memorial outside Ewood Park. Credit: Reuters

Blackburn fans have been paying tribute to former owner Jack Walker outside Ewood Park today ahead of the Championship match against Cardiff.

Walker passed away 15 years ago this week and holds legendary status with Blackburn's supporters, as a lifelong fan himself, who invested tens of millions of pounds into the club.

Blackburn won the Premier League title with Walker as chairman in 1994/95.

Blackburn sign Swansea forward on emergency loan

Blackburn Rovers have signed Swansea striker Modou Barrow on an emergency loan deal until November 10th, subject to international clearance.

The forward spent time on loan with Nottingham Forest earlier this season, and has been granted permission to play in Blackburn's League Cup tie against Shrewsbury this week.

Barrow, 22, joined Swansea from Ostersunds in August 2014, and has never scored a league goal in England.

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