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

Sammy Morsy celebrates his second goal of the week for the Spireites by Tina Jenner Fleetwood v Chesterfield JPT Area Final
Sammy Morsy celebrates his second goal of the week for the Spireites by Tina Jenner Fleetwood v Chesterfield JPT Area Final

Match previews as the Spireites get ready for their clash against Scunthorpe ... plus today’s football rumours and back pages:

Following an enthralling trophy win against Fleetwood Town, Chesterfield prepare to do battle with another one of their promotion rivals. Spireites travel to Glanford Park tomorrow to take on a Scunthorpe United side unbeaten in their last 13 games in a top of the table clash. Full story: DT

THEY are League Two’s top team - Chesterfield. Not just when it comes to the league table, but the form book as well. Full story: ScunthorpeTelegraph

With their blip seemingly behind them and a trip to Wembley almost in the bag, Chesterfield are a club on the up. Fan JONO DAVIES reveals why he’s confident the Spireites are destined to return to League One. Full story: ScunthorpeTelegraph

Nigel Clough has drawn-up a short-list of three potential signings as Sheffield United prepare to enter the emergency loan market. Full story: TheStar

So how come a team that can barely scrape a point away from home in the league can win four consecutive away games in the FA Cup, two of them against – admittedly poor – Premier League opposition? Full story: TheStar

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray still retains hope of bringing Sunderland striker Connor Wickham back to the club. Full story: Sky

Michail Antonio’s return to the squad has given the depleted Owls a major boost as they strive to sign players on loan before tomorrow’s game at Reading and overcome a defence injury crisis. Full story: TheStar

PATRICK Bamford says Derby County’s attacking style was what first attracted him to the club. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

HEAD coach Steve McClaren says Derby County midfielder Paul Coutts is unlikely to see much first-team action this season as he recovers from a serious knee injury. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally: Edinson Cavani’s representatives are in London today as the striker considers a summer move away from Paris Saint-Germain. The Uruguay forward is out with a thigh injury which could yet rule him out of their Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen. West Ham’s co-owner David Gold has claimed the club has been forced to take legal action over Andy Carroll’s red card because they have no alternative. Newcastle United have suspended Willie Donachie, their reserve-team manager, after he was alleged to have struck one of the club’s young players this week. MICHAEL LAUDRUP has blasted Swansea over the manner of his sacking and is seeking legal advice against the Welsh club. England’s first post-Kevin Pietersen team announcement has seen box-office drama replaced by county excellence with the selection of Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry for their World T20 squad and Harry Gurney for the one-day squad for the Caribbean. Rival racers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are working together to dethrone champion Sebastian Vettel.