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

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Last minute transfers before the window closes ... plus today’s backpages and football rumours:

Chesterfield will be looking to build on the momentum gained over the last week when they face Bristol Rovers at the Proact Stadium. Full story: DT

Looking at our away form P14 W1 D5 L8 and the way we set up hoping to snatch something rather than be offensive from the off,what are the chances of getting something from this game? Chesterfield are top of the home league table chart P15 W7 D6 L2 and are having a very good season. Full story: BRFC

BUOYANT boss Russ Wilcox is sure Scunthorpe United will continue to embrace the pressures of being one of the favourites for the League Two title, despite a frustrating few days. They are unbeaten in 12 games, but have been held to three successive draws and on Tuesday were knocked off the summit as a result of Chesterfield’s 2-0 success at York City. Full story: ScunthorpeTelegraph

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward say he expects nothing other than a positive reaction from his players when they attempt to claim what would be a surprise victory at the home of League Two leaders Chesterfied tomorrow. Full story: WesternDailyPress

CREWE could dip their toe into the loan market again today as Steve Davis continues his search for a winger. It would be a boost to bring in a new face to challenge Brad Inman and Byron Moore for the wide spots before hosting League One relegation rivals Sheffield United at Gresty Road tomorrow. Full story: StokeSentinel

Sheffield United are redoubling their efforts to recruit a new centre-forward before tonight’s deadline for new signings. Full story: {


Sheffield Wednesday have signed Arsenal striker Benik Afobe on loan until the end of the season. Full story: BBC

New Wednesday signing Benik Afobe insists that he is ready to be plunged into the derby against Barnsley tomorrow as he bids to put his career back on track. Full story: TheStar

West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne has joined Derby County on loan until the end of the season. Full story: BBC

HEAD coach Steve McClaren sees new loan signing George Thorne as cover and competition for John Eustace in Derby County’s holding role in midfield. Full story: {


And nationally: Arsenal’s pursuit of No.1 transfer target Julian Draxler has taken another twist just hours before deadline day, with his club Schalke insisting they are confident he’ll still be their player at the weekend. (The Mirror) Barcelona are unlikely to allow Cristian Tello to move on loan to Arsenal for the rest of the season - meaning Arsene Wenger will have to look elsewhere to supplement his squad in the next 24 hours. Chelsea Football Club appear to be involved in the funding of “third-party ownership” of players outside the Premier League, contrary to the Premier League’s and Uefa’s strong official condemnation of the practice. LIVERPOOL hope to be able to submit a planning application for the redevelopment of Anfield before the end of the season after plans for the regeneration of the entire area took a significant step forward. Transfer deadline day is a strangely manufactured event, full of endless rolling Sky Sports News bulletins with Jim White shouting a lot and more often than not Harry Redknapp leaning out of a car window.