Sheffield Wednesday are getting ready to outbid Aston Villa for Middlesbroughs Jordan Rhodes, The Sun are reporting.

The forward has only made six appearances this season and is yet to score his first goal, having signed for the club in February 2016 when they were in the Championship.

The Claret and Blues reportedly offered 6 million with 4m of add-ons, but the club are holding out for 12m for him.

The Owls are allegedly readying to offer 8m plus more for the striker as they look to consolidate their position in the last playoff spot, having reportedly already enquired about a loan deal for the Scottish forward earlier in the transfer window.

The prospect of regular football may not be the only thing that seems attractive to the centre-forward, as joining Wednesday would mean reuniting with his father who is the goalkeeper coach there.

With Middlesbrough seemingly willing to let him go, it remains to be seen whether an acceptable deal for the player is submitted.

With Boro hovering above the relegation zone and Wednesday in contention for a playoff place, Rhodes may be tempted to drop down a league to get more game time and could be part of the first Owls squad to be promoted to the Premier League.