KENNY Jackett has revealed he was interested in signing Blackburn Rovers star Jordan Rhodes before the striker joined Huddersfield Town in 2009.
Rhodes has been one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the Football League in recent seasons and moved to Ewood Park last summer after plundering 73 goals in 123 appearances for the Terriers.
The Scotland international has kept up his astonishing strike rate since joining the Lancashire club and has already reached the 20-goal mark this campaign.
The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Ipswich Town and was allowed to leave Portman Road by then manager Roy Keane four years ago – and Jackett admits he was keen to sign him then.
"At the time we were in League One but Huddersfield bought him for £350,000," he said. "Buying him for that, scoring an awful lot of goals and selling him for £8million was very good business.
"It was around then that we were interested. I don't think we were quite in that ballpark back then – we were in the lower half of League One and he was a promising striker at Ipswich.
"He was going out on loan to the likes of Brentford but Huddersfield went out and bought him."
The Lions were also linked with a £750,000-move for Rhodes in June 2011.