Rotherham United: Millers wait on Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe loan verdict from Norwich City

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
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Rotherham United want to keep him and loan star Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is keen to stay ... now it’s down to parent club Norwich City.

The midfield man has impressed in his three Championship games so far, scoring in last week’s win over Cardiff, and the Millers have contacted the Canaries in a bid to extend his initial one-month spell.

Paul Raynor, right, and Steve Evans

Paul Raynor, right, and Steve Evans

Assistant boss Paul Raynor is optimistic that the friendship Rotherham manager Steve Evans enjoys with Premier League Carrow Road counterpart Alex Neil will swing the decision in Rotherham’s favour.

“We’ve asked the question, but obviously we’re in the hands of Norwich and their injury situation,” Raynor said

“We’ve got him for another couple of games anyway, so it’s not a decision we have to make in the next day or so. It’s ongoing. We’re hopeful.

“The longer we can keep him here, the better. He’s been a real plus for us. The Gaffer has a fantastic relationship with Alex Neil so hopefully that might help us.”

Richard Wood

Richard Wood

Belgian international Odjidja-Ofoe, who was named man of the match last week, is a likely starter this afternoon at Birmingham City before his loan comes to an end with next Friday’s televised home clash with Burnley.

“The lad is certainly happy to stay,” Raynor added. “He’s playing with a smile on his face, he’s enjoying himself and he’s playing regular football.”

With centre-half Kirk Broadfoot available after a 10-match ban, Rotherham have allowed Richard Wood to join League One Fleetwood Town for a month and want other players to follow suit.

“We’ve made three or four players available to go out on loan,” Raynor said. “We don’t like too many guys sat in the stand. We’ve got some fringe guys who haven’t made the bench in recent weeks so they have been made available.”

Today’s match at St Andrew’s pits Raynor against a manager, Gary Rowett, who made his playing debut as a teenager in the same side as the Millers No 2.

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The pair were teammates at Cambridge United in the 1990s when Rowett broke into the team as a 17-year-old, and Raynor said: “He’s done a good job at Birmingham and steadied the ship there. We know it’s going to be a tough game. They’ve had a reasonably good start to the season. He’s got some experienced players.”

Rotherham are still hoping to add to their squad while the loan market is open.

“We have made a couple of enquiries for one or two players,” Raynor revealed. “We’ll keep doing that, and it can take only one phone call for something to happen.

“We’re always on the lookout. We’re always scouring the country and scouring teamsheets to see who is available, who’s not playing, who’s not figuring.

“The Gaffer has made a couple of enquiries to test the water. Fingers crossed, there might be something.”