THURSDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield Spireites, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County

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Chesterfield is painting the town blue ... but let’s not forget this weekend’s derby. Plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

In a fixture which always means a lot to supporters, Chesterfield will be hoping to embrace derby day at Mansfield Town. Aside from the bragging rights, both clubs could do with three points but for very different reasons on Saturday. Full story: DT

Rochdale took advantage of Chesterfield’s loss at Plymouth to move to the top of the League Two table with a 3-0 win at Northampton. Full story: EuroSport

Striker Jacob Hazel has joined non-league FC United of Manchester on loan until the end of the season. Full story: DT

Whitstable Town’s Scott Heard has been handed a trial by League Two title challengers Chesterfield. Full story: KentNews

Rochdale manager Keith Hill says he is not yet thinking of promotion, despite returning to the top of League Two on Tuesday with a 3-0 win at Northampton. Dale are a point ahead of Chesterfield and six above fourth-placed Fleetwood. Full story: BBC

Chesterfield have confirmed that striker Jacob Hazel has joined FC United of Manchester on loan. Full story: Sky

BIZARRE goals, touchline bust-ups, awful injuries, last-gasp heroics and controversy. To describe matches between footballing neighbours Derby County and Nottingham Forest as eventful does not do them justice. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

DERBY County skipper Richard Keogh will be keen to erase memories of his last encounter with Nottingham Forest this weekend. Full story: BurtonMail

Goalkeepers see everything from the back. So Mark Howard is uniquely placed to explain the most extraordinary turnaround I’ve seen in nearly 40 years of reporting Sheffield football. Full story: SheffieldTelegraph

Nigel Clough has warned it would be a grave mistake to rule Sheffield United out of the battle for a play-off place. Full story: TheStar

Bob Harris and Matt Hill must prove their fitness before next month’s FA Cup semi-final with Hull City in order to appear at Wembley, Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed. Full story: TheStar

He is a fine team player who relishes closing down defenders and forcing them into mistakes. But Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu has yet to turn his work rate off the ball into goals, having found the back of the net a meagre four times since moving to England. Full story: TheStar

And nationally: Robin van Persie scored a stunning hat-trick to lift the pressure on David Moyes and send Manchester United through to the Champions League quarter-finals on an epic night of high drama at Old Trafford. David Moyes’s tactical nous has come under serious scrutiny this season as Manchester United have lurched from one crisis to the next - and now one of his former players has claimed his successor at Everton is a better tactician. England midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, was given his debut by Moyes in 2011 but he has excelled this season at Goodison Park under Roberto Martinez as Everton have outperformed Moyes’s underachieving United side. Arsenal are lining up Toulouse youngster Serge Aurier as a possible replacement for Bacary Sagna. Sagna could leave the Gunners this summer as his contract expires in June and he is yet to agree a new deal. The former Auxerre man is reportedly being pursued by Inter Milan. Jose Mourinho has received his second improper-conduct charge of the season following Chelsea’s fractious defeat against Aston Villa on Saturday but the Portuguese is not facing the threat of a touchline ban. Sections of the pitch at the Amazônia Arena in Manaus, where England begin their 2014 World Cup campaign against Italy, are undergoing emergency repair due to seriously undernourished grass following the excessive use of fertiliser on the new playing surface. Giles Clarke wants England supporters to move on from the Kevin Pietersen controversy, but the batsman will not be forgotten during the World Twenty20 even though his international days are over.