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Rhodes sale leaves Town fans reeling

PUBLISHED: 15:24 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:09 06 July 2010

IPSWICH Town fans were reeling today at the sale of teenage striker Jordan Rhodes to Huddersfield Town.

Boss Roy Keane has decided to cash in on the rising star, and with Swansea still hopeful of landing Pablo Counago fans may be waving goodbye to a couple of their favourite players.

IPSWICH Town fans were reeling today at the sale of teenage striker Jordan Rhodes to Huddersfield Town.

Boss Roy Keane has decided to cash in on the rising star, and with Swansea still hopeful of landing Pablo Counago fans may be waving goodbye to a couple of their favourite players.

The strikeforce would be reduced to just two players - plus a 16-year-old - if Counago follows Rhodes out of the Portman Road exit door.

This would leave Jon Stead and Kevin Lisbie as the only out-and-out frontmen on the books along with highly-promising Connor Wickham who only left school in May.

After Huddersfield had an initial bid for Rhodes turned down by Ipswich, the Terriers had a second offer accepted and the 19-year-old was in south Yorkshire last night taking his medical.

Personal terms were close to being finalised and if there are no hitches Rhodes will join the Galpharm Stadium club within the next 36 hours.

The fee is unofficially undisclosed but believed to be initially £150,000 with significant add-ons for the player who made his debut in the 2007-08 season and has scored once in ten appearances but is seen as having huge potential.

Town columnist Phil Ham said: “I think people expected Jordan Rhodes to come through this season, having seen his progression through the under-18s and reserves and then last season on loan at Rochdale and Brentford.

“Most supporters were expecting him to make his mark on the first team and they will be surprised and not overly happy that he is being sold given the tradition of the club bringing players through from the Academy.

“Looking at the players at the club Roy Keane is probably thinking he is not going to get much first-team football, and maybe he sees Connor Wickham as a better prospect.

“A lot of eyebrows will be raised at the sale of the one natural goalscorer at the club, and it will be interesting to see which players Roy Keane wants to bring in.”

Town fan Glynn Watkins, 52, of Mill Lane, Felixstowe, said: “I heard it was rumoured. I don't think we have seen his potential. It's a shame to see youngsters go without ever realising their potential.”

Potential target already being linked with Ipswich are Watford's Hungarian striker Tamas Priskin, who joined the Hornets in 2006, and teenage striker Joselu (Jose Luis Sanmartin Mato), who is currently playing in the UEFA Under-19 Championships for Spain in the Ukraine.

His club Celta Vigo from the Second Division have financial issues, and Blues coach Steve Foley has close ties with football in Spain with the player reported to be on the move after the Ukraine competition.

Last weekend Counago was said to have turned down a move to Swansea after a fee of £400,000 had been agreed.

But the Welsh club's chairman Huw Jenkins has not written off getting the Spaniard onboard saying: “If the player wants to stay at Ipswich, that is up to him but there are a few options at this stage which may or may not come off.”

Swansea are seeking a striker to replace Trinidad and Tobago international Jason Scotland, who scored 53 goals in two seasons and has joined former boss Roberto Martinez at Wigan in a £2m deal.

This time last year, Counago signed a contract extension with the Blues taking his current terms to June 2011.

He returned to Town after two years in Malaga in the summer of 2007 on a free transfer.

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