Goal-shy Chesterfield target striker

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A STRIKER tops Paul Cook’s list of transfer targets as he looks to breathe fresh life into Chesterfield’s push for promotion.

The Spireites manager has made no secret of his ambition to strengthen in January and also revealed the club are in negotiations with Hull City for on loan defender Liam Cooper.

Chesterfield have found goals hard to come by this season and Cook believes a goalscorer will complement the forwards already at the club - but stated he won’t just sign someone for the sake of it.

He said: “A lot of names get banded about. Managers can sign players and put clubs into a little bit of financial bother to make themselves look good - I don’t have that.

“We have got some very good strikers at the club and they need complementing with a certain type of striker. That’s what we’re looking for.

“We’re trying our best, whether it be in the loan market or something else, that they meet the criteria that makes us better.”

The League Two side have found the net just 33 times in 26 league outings this term, with veteran striker Jack Lester leading the way with eight.

No less than four players’ loan deals come to an end following Saturday’s trip to Wycombe - Cooper, Brennan Dickenson, Jay O’Shea and Conor Townsend.

Centre back Cooper, 21, has quickly become a favourite amongst supporters, scoring twice in 11 games for the club.

“I have a clear direction of how I want the team to set up and where we want to go,” he said.

“Unfortunately, can I get those jigsaw pieces together today? It’s proving very difficult. Will I keep trying? By the minute.

“I want fit, hungry, energetic players. I want us to be dynamic. I want us to hurt teams and players must meet the criteria to come in.”

Meanwhile Terrell Forbes, Scott Boden and Jack Waddle join Neal Trotman and Craig Westcarr on the transfer list.

Cook added: “To keep the balance within the squad, there must be outgoings to allow players to come in.”