Sheffield Wednesday reportedly wanted a £1million loan-fee for Celtic-linked Jordan Rhodes, according to the Sun on Sunday (23/02, page 63).
Rhodes was reportedly interesting Celtic back in the January transfer window as a potential loan target, with Neil Lennon on the lookout for a back-up forward to Odsonne Edouard (The Sun).
However, in the end, the Hoops instead signed Patryk Klimala in a £3.5million deal from Polish outfit Jagiellonia Bialystok (Scottish Sun).
But the Sun on Sunday have stated that Wednesday also wanted a £1m fee for Rhodes in addition to another club covering his wages. That seems to have been enough for Celtic to back out of going for the striker and instead sign Klimala instead.
Celtic clearly didn’t make the wrong decision
Klimala’s signing can only be judged in the long-term after he’s had time to settle in and make an impact. However, as for Rhodes, it’s fair to say it looks like a wise decision from Celtic to back out.
The striker only has three goals to his name for Wednesday this season in 15 appearances. He hasn’t made any of the last five matchday squads with the Championship club, and therefore any short-term fix was always going to be a risk (Transfermarkt).
If Rhodes did sign, it likely would’ve been a six-month loan until the end of the season. Considering his struggles this term, it doesn’t look as though there’s any evidence to suggest he would’ve come to Parkhead and been a success.
In a sense, we’re lucky that Leigh Griffiths has been getting himself back amongst the goals again. He’s helped ease the pressure on Klimala, and allowed the Polish forward to take his time in settling in.
However, going for Rhodes could’ve been detrimental to Griffiths’ opportunities. Given he would’ve been a loan player, Neil Lennon likely would’ve provided Rhodes with more chances than Griff between January and the end of the season.
So even if we did land the Scotland international on loan for £1m, it may have stifled one of our in-form attackers who’s here for the long-term. Hindsight can so often reflect on the negatives, but Celtic deserve credit for taking the smart move here.