Striker may be too dear for Spireites

Michael Higdon celebrates
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NEC Nijmegen striker Michael Higdon, 30, is believed to be one of Chesterfield manager Paul Cook’s targets.

The former Crewe Alexandra, Falkirk, St Mirren and Motherwell front man scored 14 goals for NEC in 32 appearances last season, a campaign that saw them relegated from the Dutch top flight.

In 2012-13 he bagged 27 goals for Motherwell, including a goal in two wins over Celtic, as he won the Golden Boot and he was subsequently voted Scottish PFA Player of the Year.

He was a regular for Crewe for four seasons, two in the Championship, scoring the winning goal on the final day of 2004-05 to keep Alex in the second level. In 2007, he moved north, where all of his subsequent time there was spent in the SPL.

Money is seen as a sticking point with Higdon’s wages significantly higher than Spireites would want to pay and there would also be significant agent fees and a possible transfer fee.

Higdon’s strength and mobility match Cook’s desired qualities for a lone striker but any deal seems to be a long way from being agreed, meaning Chesterfield will probably have to look elsewhere. Former Barnsley striker Jon Parkin is another man Cook is tracking along with Bristol Rovers midfielder John-Joe O’Toole.