Chesterfield: Spireites eye Jon Stead

Bradford striker Jon Stead
Bradford striker Jon Stead

Former Sheffield United striker Jon Stead is one potential target for Chesterfield’s new boss Dean Saunders.

The 32-year-old, who’s been expected to put pen to paper on a deal to join Bradford for some time, has delayed signing for the Bantams after being released by Huddersfield Town, with the Valley Parade club in the middle of takeover talks.

City remain confident they’ll get the deal over the line, but the failure to tie the striker down has alerted other clubs, Spireites included, that there could be business to be done.

With vast experience and more than 100 goals to his credit, Stead will be an expensive target, but Saunders has indicated that his search for goals is his main mission this summer.

Saunders also wants to talk to out-of-contract frontman Armand Gnanduillet but he’s got several suitors in League Two and the player may feel it’s time for a new challenge.

Billy Paynter, transfer listed by Carlisle United after a clash with manager Keith Curle, was a successful player under Saunders at Doncaster Rovers so his availability will have been noted by Paul Cook’s successor.

Like Stead, his tally exceeds 100 and, at 30, he has the experience to lead the line at League One level.