Northampton Town linked with move for striker Odejayi

OLD PALS - Aidy Boothroyd chats to Kayode Odejayi following the Cobblers' 2-1 win over Rotherham at Sixfields in 2012
OLD PALS - Aidy Boothroyd chats to Kayode Odejayi following the Cobblers' 2-1 win over Rotherham at Sixfields in 2012
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The Cobblers have been linked with a move for Rotherham United’s transfer-listed striker Kayode Odejayi.

Town manager Aidy Boothroyd is in the market for a centre-forward following the release of Adebayo Akinfenwa and three other strikers - Jake Robinson, Louis Moult and Lewis Wilson – last month.

And Odejayi, who played under Boothroyd during the pair’s time together at Colchester United, is on the radar at Sixfields as a potential new recruit.

The 31-year old, who has played international football for Nigeria, was made available by the Millers at the end of their promotion season, in which he made 45 appearances.

The player’s goal record is not very impressive though.

Odejayo has netted 78 goals in his 14-year career, in which he has made 304 senior starts and came off the bench 186 times.

He enjoyed his most prolific spell with Cheltenham Town for whom he scored 34 goals in four seasons, but he has notched a modest 30 goals in the past six seasons while playing for Barnsley, Scunthorpe, Colchester and Rotherham.

Another player who has interested the Cobblers is the striker Rene Howe, who is available after leaving Torquay United but who is being tracked by a number of other clubs, including Oxford United and York City.

Howe almost became a Northampton player when Ian Sampson was manager, but the deal fell through.

Much of what the club are able to do in terms of transfer activity will depend on which players agree to the contracts offered to them.

Five players are currently weighing up their offers – Ben Harding, Ben Tozer, Luke Guttridge, Roy O’Donovan and Nathan Cameron – while two have already signed extensions, Kelvin Langmead and Lee Collins.