Carlos Corberan will be watching this Rotherham player closely ahead of potential transfer swoop

Carlos Corberan may be keeping an eye on this Rotherham star when they meet on Friday.

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West Brom manager Carlos Corberan is reportedly plotting a summer swoop for Rotherham United forward Chiedozie Ogbene, who his side will face on Friday. The Irish Examiner claim that the Baggies along with Belgian club Standard Liege are keen on the player who could call time on his four-year stay at the New York Stadium at the end of the season.

The Republic of Ireland international has 15 caps for his country and put in a man of the match showing in their narrow defeat against France during the last international break. And Ogbene could leave for free at the end of the season with his contract set to expire.

West Bromwich Albion also face Rotherham this Friday afternoon, giving manager Corberan the opportunity to get a closer look at the forward. It’s a clash in which his side will look to win, with them struggling to win on the road of late, being without a victory in their last six away games.

It’s also a type of move that the club have seen relative success in the previous summer window, with the likes of Jed Wallace, John Swift and Okay Yokuslu signed on free transfers under former manager Steve Bruce. Those transfers have eventually shown their quality following Corberan’s takeover in mid-October, propelling them into playoff contention.

However, with Albion’s financial issues clear, it remains to be seen as to whether they’ll take any more monetary risks when it comes to players who will expect high wages. That said, the forward would make a good option for the Baggies, being incredibly versatile and can play in several positions, particularly on the right flank.

Chiedozie Ogbene put in a star performance during the international break. Chiedozie Ogbene put in a star performance during the international break.
Chiedozie Ogbene put in a star performance during the international break.

Ogbene has contributed to eight of Rotherham’s goals as they look to avoid a swift return back to League One. And Millers boss Matt Taylor knows it will be a struggle to keep his top-scorer when the end of the campaign comes.

"I want him to play well in every single opportunity he gets,” Taylor said. “He deserves everything he gets.

"In terms of his future, hopefully that’s with ourselves and we’ll do everything we possibly can but I would never want anyone to go away on the international stage and not play well for my benefit, that would be a selfish thing to do."