PAUL Cook is hopeful Jay O’Shea will be a Chesterfield player before the visit of Northampton Town on Saturday.
The Spireites manager revealed the club are closing in on the MK Dons forward, who recently completed a loan spell at the Proact Stadium.
Chesterfield have found goals hard to come by this season though took the lead through Jay O’Shea’s strike in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, which leaves the club without a win in three.
And Cook said there have been positive inroads into signing the Irishman on a permanent contract.
He said: “I feel he will be a fantastic player for the club if we can get it over the line.
“We are close and if we can get Jay in it will be another big tick, and the more big ticks we get in our squad the closer we will get to where we want to be.”
Chesterfield will have to cope without the experience of Luis Boa Morte after the Portuguese winger’s contract with the club came to an end.
While Craig Westcarr, who returned from his loan spell at Walsall this week, has had his contract with the club terminated by mutual consent.
Brennan Dickenson has returned to Brighton and winger Jack Waddle has joined Sheffield FC on a five-week loan after the club made him available for transfer.
“I think it’s important supporters know that at the start of the year when the budgets are set, loan signings and short term contracts are above the criteria for the budget,” said Cook.
“Rightly or wrongly, on which way you want to look at it, the club must be run off a sound financial footing - the chairman’s earnt that right.”
Chesterfield are short of numbers at the other end of the pitch after confirmation Drew Talbot has suffered a broken toe.
The defender, who has been an ever-present this season, faces up to a month on the sidelines.
Transfer-listed duo Neal Trotman and Terrell Forbes are two defenders at the club with first team experience, but both are understood to be attracting interest from Plymouth Argyle following John Sheridan’s arrival at Home Park.
Cook stated there was ‘no chance’ of Forbes featuring at the weekend.
Chesterfield are boosted by the capture of centre-half Liam Cooper on a permanent basis from Hull City, after impressing while on loan with the club.
Striker Scott Boden have also been told he can leave and joins Trotman and Forbes on the transfer list.
The play-offs remain firmly in Chesterfield’s sights and a win on Saturday, with other results going their way, could see them move to within a point of the top seven.
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