Norwich City youngster Harry Toffolo closes on longer loan deal with Scunthorpe

PUBLISHED: 16:26 27 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:26 27 December 2016

Harry Toffolo is proving a popular player for League One leaders Scunthorpe United. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

Harry Toffolo is proving a popular player for League One leaders Scunthorpe United. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

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Harry Toffolo is close to extending his loan away from Norwich City for the rest of the season, according to Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander.

The 21-year-old played all of a vital 0-0 draw at promotion rivals Bradford City for the League One leaders on Boxing Day, playing his second match since returning from two months out with a knee injury.

Toffolo has made 10 appearances so far for the Iron and with fellow left-back Conor Townsend now out for around a month with a groin problem, Alexander is keen to keep hold of the Canaries defender.

“We are trying to finalise a deal to keep him with us,” Alexander said. “He has done exceptionally well, is a very good player and has been a big part of what we have done here along with all the other players.

“His loan was up so we made contact. Harry wants to stay, I want him to stay and everybody else at the club wants him to stay.

“I think Norwich are happy with the arrangement so hopefully we can get that over the line. The earlier we can do that the better.

“A loan until the end of the season is what we have spoken about, so if they (Norwich) give the okay, hopefully that will be the case.

“With it being Christmas Day and Boxing Day, these things get put on the back-burner by their parent clubs so hopefully we can arrange and get it done in the next few days.”

Fellow loanee Richie Smallwood could also return to Rotherham in January but Alexander hopes to keep both players. Speaking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph, he added: “The two loan lads, Harry and Richie, have been superb for us and hopefully that will be the case from now until the end of the season.”

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