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Rhodes: Premier League goal

Scotland forward Jordan Rhodes says he wants to play in the Premier League as soon as possible and hopes it can be next season with Blackburn.

Rovers manager Gary Bowyer told Sky Sports Radio last week that the club had received no enquiries for their 16-goal top scorer in the January transfer window.

Rhodes, signed by the Ewood Park club from Sky Bet Championship rivals Huddersfield in August 2012 for 8million, expects Rovers, who are currently only two spots off sixth position, to challenge for at least a play-off place.

Asked about media speculation linking him with a move away from Blackburn, the 23-year-old told Sky Sports News: "It's flattering in a way, I just try to ignore it. I'm very happy at Blackburn Rovers and that's the honest truth.

"It's a terrific football club, full of good people, great staff and facilities there so you know I'm very happy, so until told otherwise I'm a Blackburn Rovers player."

He then confirmed his intention of reaching the top-flight and added: "Just one (Premier League) game will do me. There's no reason why we can't do that next season with Blackburn. There's lots of hard work to put in before then but that's what we're striving for at Blackburn to play in the Premier League.

"(We're) not too far off, just been lacking that last win or so to put in a three or four-match winning streak that will just put us in that play-off. At the moment we're just on the fringes, if we can just put a half-decent run together, as Derby did earlier on in the season, that might take us right up there.

"We have Derby on Saturday, that's a big game to take points off a rival that's in the play-off spots themselves. There's plenty to play for between now and the end of the season."

Rhodes admitted he was happy with his rich vein of form, but had not set any goal target.

He said: "No I've not. I just try and do as best as I can each game. Whether that's scoring or contributing to a goal then great, just giving my best then hopefully Blackburn Rovers will score more than the opposition."