Jordan Rhodes is “unhappy” not to have been given an “opportunity” to talk to Middlesbrough.
The striker has expressed his disappointment after Blackburn Rovers rejected a reputed £10million offer from Boro.
I am ambitious and have never hidden my desire to play at the highest level possible.JORDAN RHODES
“Ambitious” to test himself, the Scotland international is interesting a host of sides, with Boro making a firm move in trying to sign him.
“I have been advised by the club that they have rejected an offer from Middlesbrough for my services which was in excess of what Blackburn paid for me,” said Rhodes in an interview on ESPN.
“I am ambitious and have never hidden my desire to play at the highest level possible.
“That was one of the reasons why I left Huddersfield Town for Blackburn.
“When I left Huddersfield I felt the timing was right in the next stage of my career.
“And having seen Middlesbrough’s performances last season in reaching the play-off final and their ambition this summer in terms of acquisitions, I would have liked to have been able to talk to them.
“I am unhappy at not being given the opportunity.”
Boro have already signed Stewart Downing this summer for a £5million package from West Ham, as well as securing Tomas Kalas on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
Rhodes, who began his career at Ipswich Town, has a contract at Blackburn until 2019 and stayed with the club last season after two bids from Hull City, who were a Premier League side at the time.
The 25-year-old has scored 74 goals in 143 appearances for Rovers.