September 30 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Norwich City boss Neil Adams has confirmed he is in the market for Belgian international Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, with the Canaries in advanced talks over a deal for the Club Brugge midfielder.
Odjidja-Ofoe travelled to England during the last few days to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms with reports in Belgium claiming City have agreed a £4m transfer. Adams, speaking at Colney on Thursday afternoon, admitted the 25-year-old is one of the players he has targeted to replace QPR-bound Leroy Fer but there is no completed deal yet in place.
“We are interested in him. I think he has been seen about the place, so we are not silly enough to deny that,” said Adams. “There is nothing doing as of yet, but he is a player I do like, I have to say that. He certainly is not going to be involved on Saturday, put it that way. He was one we identified among a number.
“We said we wanted to look to bring in someone for Leroy (Fer) but there are a lot of players we have thrown out enquiries for just as there are plenty who make enquiries about our players. You then refine that down and you end up with a very, very short list. He is one of those.”
Adams’ priority is sifting through a mounting list of potential absentees for Bournemouth’s weekend Championship visit. Javier Garrido (hamstring) and Gary O’Neil (dead leg) must prove their fitness. Martin Olsson will not be involved after a family bereavement and Adams also revealed Mark Bunn had undergone ankle surgery earlier this week. The experienced keeper is set for a similar lay-off to central defender Ryan Bennett who suffered an ankle ligament injury in the Championship derby win at Ipswich.
“Mark’s problem was very similar to Ryan’s. He went over on his ankle and had an operation earlier this week so it’s a similar sort of rehab, six to eight weeks,” said Adams. “You need keepers, like any sort of department in the squad, so it is a concern. We only have two senior keepers fit now. Remi Matthews has a bit of an injury as well at the minute but we are okay, what we need to do is be ready to act as and when if required.
“It’s a little bit different with keepers. You can bring someone in with a short notice period if it came to that. We just have to be wary of the situation if we lose one or the other.
“Hopefully Javi will be okay (for this weekend) but he hasn’t trained today. Gary O’Neil the same thing, he didn’t train today. He will need a test on Friday. Martin has had a close family bereavement. He was at the funeral on Thursday and he won’t be available even though his suspension has been served now.”
Jonny Howson and Gary Hooper are also not in contention for the Cherries’ visit but both have returned to light training.
“Yes, they’ve both started their running rehab, so it’s pleasing to see them out there,” said Adams. “There is definite light at the end of the tunnel for those two now. It is always good to be out there and running with no problems and having them working towards getting back up to speed.”