Latest on Doncaster Rovers’ reported interest in Shrewsbury Town’s Fejiri Okenabirhie

Doncaster Rovers HAVE enquired about Shrewsbury Town forward Fejiri Okenabirhie, the Free Press understands.

Sunday, 19th January 2020, 1:53 pm
Updated Sunday, 19th January 2020, 8:33 pm

Shrews chief executive Brian Caldwell has claimed Rovers had been in touch about Okenabirhie, along with another League One club, but said nothing had progressed beyond that.

We understand the 23-year-old is a player Rovers talent identification manager Adam Henshall has checked on the availability of as part of the January recruitment drive, including ascertaining what it would take to secure his services.

At this stage however, Okenabirhie is one of numerous players on Rovers’ radar and is not necessarily a primary target this month.

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Henshall has put together an extensive list of potential targets in each position, contacting clubs for details. This is then presented to boss Darren Moore and chief executive Gavin Baldwin to decide on which signings should be pursued.

Okenabirhie has scored three goals this season but has not featured in a match day squad for Shrewsbury since the turn of the year. He is expected to leave the club this month having found himself down the pecking order, despite being last season’s top scorer.

He is out of contract in the summer and Shrewsbury are thought to be looking to cash in now rather than losing him on a free in the summer.

CEO Caldwell told BBC Radio Shropshire: “We've had interest from Doncaster and another League One club contacted me on Saturday morning but that's not been taken any further forward as yet.

Fejiri Okenabirhie is understood to have been the subject of a transfer enquiry by Doncaster Rovers.

"At the end of the day Fejiri's disappointed with the lack of game time and if the right opportunity comes up for him that suits all parties then we'll have to look at it.

"There's no point keeping a player that hasn't had enough game time and wants to play elsewhere. That's a conversation we've had for a couple of months now.

"We've got a lot of firepower and Fejiri's the one that's missed out."

Rovers boss Moore denied holding interest in Okenabirhie earlier this week, but has played coy on numerous targets this month.