Norwich City boss Neil Adams confirms he wants to recruit Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Norwich City defender Javier Garrido is an injury doubt with a hamstring problem for Bournemouth's Championship visit. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City defender Javier Garrido is an injury doubt with a hamstring problem for Bournemouth's Championship visit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, August 28, 2014
3:43 PM

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.

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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.”

36 comments

  • Zebbee & California - I was there for 9 years through all the ones you mention, trying and failing to come to terms with Latin - well maybe not trying very hard. MB - had a good friend at the Hewitt whose dad was secretary of the supporters club during our school years. Rotsrool - a few miles away.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hated school but many fond memories. Completed fifth year and left in '65

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    rament

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Magnin. That rings a bell. Was he deputy head? Later a guy called Butterworth had that job. He was of a "new breed". Instead of beating the s**t out of a miscreant, he used psychoanalysis. Spooky; I preferred the plimsoll, though I was sent to Butters by Fenwick for refusing to accept the usual Size 10 treatment. rament, I`m just a Hewett School Old Boy, though I think cutty may be an even older Old Boy than I. Do you remember the mock "General Election" at the Hewett? Wilson vs Heath, with silly kids like me playing politician.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Cutty, the vampire was definitely Magnin!! Who are you guys? ( cutty and MB)

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    rament

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Us country bumpkins from Swaffham, used to set off with games master Cyril Nichols to play against all you big tough city schools. We usually lost but it was, let's say, character forming. We did have our share of sadistic teachers as well, physical and psychological abuse was common and what the biology master used to do in plain sight of the boys does not bear thinking about.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hesketh never strayed far from the Greek\Roman period and he reminded me of Vincent Price as a vampire in his billowing gown.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • OMG; SO Hesketh. A horrible thought. It can`t be true! Mr. Hesketh was so very civilized. I believe his specialist subject was the History of Architecture. I suppose it would`ve included Gothic...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Not allowed to reply to MichiCan. Don`t think so, MC. That was the posh school where they wore straw boaters in the Summer, wasn`t it? I went to S.O.Hesketh`s Academy of Excellence - The Hewett School.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • MichiCan; I don`t think so. It was the Hewett. I think Gibbo & cutty are ex-Hewett. S^dism menu: Jack Adams` rope & medicine balls. Jim Fenwick`s plimsoll. John Pryce`s sideburn twist. Floyd`s ruler. Big Ben Burgess`s fist. The biology teacer, Watkins, was more subtle. My punishment for some misdemeanour was the task of scraping the flesh from a sheep`s head. To be fair, the sheep was dead.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Michigan canary, don't you live close to Great Lakes crossing?

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    Rottsrool

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hahaha Bromide haven't heard that in years

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    Rottsrool

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Fox-Hawes, Geography master.

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    California Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • MB - Jack also used the end of the climbing ropes! Chubby Vicars the blackboard compasses! Had many a size 10 from Fenwick. Oh yes....OTBC.

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    rament

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Sounds like we have a couple of ONs - anybody remember Harris and key throwing or Oeufy and his squiggly lines!

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    zebbee

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • California.....I wish......and don't call me Shirley!

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Michigan - you are an ON?

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    California Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • IR - not Roedean......Shirley?

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    zebbee

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Ojidja-Ofoe, OO, think if he signs, I'll have to call him Hornby.

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Hard? Bunch of pansies! Try having the scarp slope of the South Downs as a backdrop, a mile and a half of driveway to the fore ( therefore over two miles to the Cricketers...out of bounds), prefects who are allowed to beat you let alone the masters. An English teacher whose only qualification was a spitfire pilots licence, compulsory fagging (don't ask) and a gay music master who was ex Special Branch. I could go on, but someone might sus-out that I am actually Mat333 re-visited. It was, of course, "character forming" (not sure what character it formed), but haven't set foot in West Sussex since 1969. PS, forgot the daily cross country runs, daily cold showers and bromide in the tea.

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Alan, I've never heard of Marney, but I take your word for him being sadistic. Jack Adams was thought to be an ex Royal Marine instructor and put us lads through the same beasting, and would give you a good slapping in his 'den' if he lost his temper.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Cutty..You think you're hard? When you have played queenie cuts with a deck of cards,a harder version of slaps,..Or "pile on"" Or play murdr ball with the most stadistic P.E teacher ever, Mr Marney, then you can say you are Hard :)

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    alan clark

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Cutty..You think you're hard? When you have played queenie cuts with a deck of cards,a harder version of slaps,..Or "pile on"" Or play murder ball with the most stadistic P.E teacher ever, Mr Marney, then you can say you are Hard :)

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    alan clark

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Ah, Jack was one of a kind. I went to junior school with his daughter Margaret, sweet girl.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • MB - what school did you go to? Sounds like the one I went to in the 60's not a stones throw away from the Maid's Head?

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Don`t forget teachers dragging you by your `sideburns`, cutty. Or steel rulers across your knuckles. Stinging plimsolls across your buttox... Or Jack Adams hanging you, frontside out, on the wall bars, prior to throwing medicine balls at you. Abuse? These youngsters don`t know the meaning of the word. Such wonderful memories of our Nirvana... Gentler times.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Odjidja-Ofoe's videos on youtube suggest he can shoot very well with both feet and would be a real asset.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • What's this 'Dead Leg' business? We use to do those with Chinese Burns and it didn't slow anyone down. Mind you in the 1950's we were hard.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • It was probably some illiterate 1p5wich fan WsM

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Just a by the by.....Why is David McNally so secretive about his birth date ?

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    Curly

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • As he said in the article, this is in the Belgian press as a done deal.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Funny how we replace Fer with another player whose Everton move collapsed at the last minute. Let's hope Everton just miss out on a move for Lionel Messi as the window closes!

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Yes, it's one thing to talk about players you haven't agreed a fee for, like Redknapp & Hughes did with Fer and Redmond, but it's another if you are in advanced talks, although you should still keep quiet in case other parties become interested. Hopefully it's a done deal though. Central midfield will look very strong if it is.

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Apparently, he's a mash potato who plays for Norwich City, according to Wikipedia!

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    WsM Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • It's a little bit different when you know the other club has agreed a fee. There's no risk of upsetting them if you talk about it.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Funny how we're told that it would be wrong to talk about other players currently under contract with other clubs - yet NA's saying Club Brugge's Odjidja-Ofoe won't be available for Norwich City on saturday .......... the ink must soon be dry on that contract Neil. Don't kid us - the guy has clearly signed on the dotted line - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • So, Saturday's team will most likely be: Ruddy, Martin, Cuellar, Turner, Whittaker; Tettey, Johnson; Hoolahan, Redmond, Lafferty; Grabban. Subs: Rudd, McFadden, Jerome, Josh Murphy, Surman, E Bennett & Becchio.

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

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