Jordan Rhodes is on the shopping list for a pile of clubs with QPR also wondering whether to dip a toe in the loan market.
The striker moved to Middlesbrough for £9 million in February, but has been a shadow figure as boss Aitor Karanka opted for Viktor Fischer, Adama Traoré and Álvaro Negredo instead.
Rangers are desperate for more firepower in the second half of the season having drawn a blank in all but one of the last five pointless matches - and that a too-late consolation as they lost to Wolves.
But a move for Rhodes brings all kinds of problems.
Firstly, Rs would prefer a man ready to hold up the ball rather than run on to it and nick chances. They already have one of those in the form of Conor Washington, who is sorely short of confidence.
Secondly, as prolific as Rhodes is or was, he comes with a near £60k-a-week wage bill at a time when Hoops are hamstrung on budget and still to sort out a Financial Fair Play wrangle with the Football League.
Even, if his wages were cut in half and shared, he would be the second-highest earner on a payroll when only midfielder Sandro’s £40k-a-week is the third last of the Premier League spending spree - Nedum Onuoha and Steven Caulker are the others.
The message Hoops would send out is mixed.
Why talk long and loud about savvy spending only to run a truck through it at the first hint of relegation problems?
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