After coming perilously close to signing a broken Charlie Austin last summer, Hull have been assured the Championship goal machine has been repaired and is back in full working order.
Wasting no time then, the Tigers have promptly rekindled their interest in the man they would’ve signed 12 months ago were it not for a failed medical.
Humberside’s finest are set to confirm their penchant for the former Burnley man in the shape of a cash money offer for Harry Redknapp’s line-leader should the west Londoners lose out to 5/4-rated Derby in the forthcoming play-off final.
Should promotion evade the R’s, they can also expect to receive a bid or two from Everton, who have the west Londoners’ talisman in their crosshairs too.
The 54 goals he’s scored in just 97 Championship starts make it easy to see why the former bricklayer is attracting all of this attention, but there’s another second-tier goal fiend who inexplicably continues to fly under the radar.
Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes scores with greater frequency than ‘Stone Cold’ Charlie Austin and it’s inconceivable that the Scot’s Premier League exclusion will extend into the new season.
After running amok during his final season in League One with 37 goals in 39 starts, the 24-year-old has navigated the Championship in similarly slick style.
Rovers are far from a heavy-hitting force that would present their goal-getter in chief with a multitude of opportunities to find the net, but this hasn’t prevented Rhodes feasting on 58 goals across the previous two campaigns.
His effortless adaptation to life at a higher level suggests he’d be as capable as any other to handle the rigours of the top flight, while playing alongside finer providers, which would particularly be the case at Everton, he’d be given ample chances to showcase his stellar finishing ability.
While Blackburn are likely to demand a princely sum before they hand over Rhodes’ playing rights, QPR are certain to do the same with regards to Austin and if the latter is deemed capable of flourishing in the top flight, surely the former is too.