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Hull City manager Steve Bruce said that he is desperate to avoid the 'second season syndrome'.

Hull City have made an offer for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes as manager Steve Bruce looks for a replacement for Shane Long, who was sold to Southampton last week.

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Rovers manager Gary Bowyer confirmed the Championship club had received an approach for Rhodes, 24, but said he was keen to keep him at Ewood Park.

"There has been an enquiry which has been taken to the board and the owners," Bowyer said at news conference on Thursday. "That's as much as I know.

"We gave him a new contract recently so we thought that would be the end of it, but I totally understand that Premier League clubs would be interested in someone that scores as many goals as he does."

Hull received 12 million pounds from Southampton for Republic of Ireland international Long, just seven months after buying him for seven million pounds.

And Tigers manager Bruce, who first expressed an interest in Rhodes last summer, has confirmed he is keen to bring in another forward to bolster his attacking options.

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Rhodes cost Rovers a joint-club record fee of eight million pounds when he signed from Huddersfield in 2012 and has gone on to score 52 goals in two seasons at Ewood Park.

Bowyer added: "You're guaranteed a minimum of 25 goals, which he's proved over the last four seasons.

"He's the best finisher I've ever worked with. If my opinion was asked, it would be a big fat 'no' and we shouldn't sell him.

"I understand there's the lure of the Premier League and the finances that would be involved. It's out of my hands, but footballing-wise it's a no-brainer."

Rovers are under pressure to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations and have tried to trim their wage bill this summer.


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