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Middlesbrough boss Karanka plays down Rhodes pursuit

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has refused to speculate on the rumours linking Blackburn Rovers ace Jordan Rhodes with a move to the Riverside Stadium.

Boro have already had one bid rejected by Blackburn for Rhodes, who scored 21 goals in the Championship last season, and reports suggest they could return with a new offer but Karanka was remaining tight-lipped about his club's interest in then Scotland striker.

Following the goalless stalemate against Preston North End on Sunday, Karanka said: "Jordan Rhodes is one player who scores goals but we have other alternatives," the Boro boss said.

"I don't want to speak about Jordan Rhodes every press conference because he is not my player and I have to think about my players."

Karanka added: "We need players who will score goals. We have Kike and (Christian) Stuani and we need to bring in players who can score goals.

"Jordan is one name on the list and we have other ones. We have to make sure we get the right ones."

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