SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY owner Dejphon Chansiri has made it clear Celtic did NOT make a move for their £10m forward (Transfermarkt) in January after reports claimed the bhoys has made a deadline day move for the Scottish striker.
HITC reported in February that a deal was nearly brokered but it fell through late on. However Chansiri has made it clear that wasn’t the case.
The Wednesday chairman citing the fact they’d have had to pay money to his former club Middlesbrough if Jordon went out on loan. It didn’t make any sense for the striker to leave and end up costing them money.
“Norwich wanted to take Jordan Rhodes last summer but only on a free transfer.” Chansiri told SunSport.
“This made no sense to us and would actually cause us more problems with FFP as we would have to pay all the outstanding balance on his transfer from Middlesbrough.
“So it was better for Jordan to stay here and try to make his way into the team and score some goals.
“This year in January, another club offered a very low package, it was a deal that made no sense for us.
“My people also told me Celtic had supposedly made an offer but we demanded a very big loan fee that stopped the deal.
“Again, this is not true, there was no official approach or offer at all.
“If the deal is right for all parties we can move but if not we cannot, it is that simple.”
That will put some Celtic fans mind at rest that the club weren’t seriously looking at the 30-year-old to come in and be a focal point of Celtic’s attack.
Leigh Griffiths rediscovered his form after the winter break which completely negated the need for another striker.
Edouard and Leigh have been in tremendous form together and hopefully, if the season can get restarted at some point, we’ll see them both flying again!