SPIREITES: Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders reveals talks ongoing with Championship targets

Hartlepool United vs Chesterfield - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
Hartlepool United vs Chesterfield - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson

Dean Saunders has outlined his intentions to make “two to three signings” and has set the bar high when it comes to Chesterfield’s targets.

The Spireites manager revealed he is in talks with a handful of Championship players and has made a bid for an un-named League One midfielder, ahead of the season opener against Barnsley.

Chesterfield have sold Tendayi Darikwa and Sam Clucas following the departures of Gary Roberts and Jimmy Ryan earlier in the summer and Saunders is keen to bring in replacements of quality.

Former Premier League striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has strengthened the Spireites’ attacking options while Saunders moved to reassure supporters he is still looking to bolster his squad.

Saunders said: “I’ve got a list of players drawn up. Some have gone because it’s a bit late in the day now, some are on trial higher up. I’ve been talking to Championship players mostly and trying to persuade them to come to us.

“I know the players we’re after are going to make a big difference to us. We’ve been knocked back by a few, obviously the wages we can’t seem to get to on a few and Championship football is another thing that they’ve chosen.

“But I’m still plugging away and I’m not going to bring anyone in unless they are better than what we’ve got. I’m not going to bring players in for the sake of bringing players in.

“We’ve got to make two or three signings and make sure they’re better than what we’ve got. We’ve got a good team going in to Saturday’s game. The two or three other players have got to make us a lot stronger.”

Goalkeeper Alex Cairns, midfielder Dion Donohue and striker Jake Orrell have all signed and Saunders is closing in on another addition.

“We’ve got a bid in for a young player right now to another League One club. He’s one for now and the future,” said Saunders.

“Looking at doing something similar to what we did with Sam Clucas, pay a relatively small fee and he’s gone for nearly double the club record.

“We’re not an established Championship club, we can’t turn down £1.3 million, I understand that. I’ve got to put my business head on.

He added: “I’m disappointed to lose the players we’ve lost but I understand the figures have to pay for the stand as well.

“It probably doesn’t help me and the team but I have to go and get the replacements I can, but to replace Sam Clucas is difficult because he can play in three different positions and to replace him you need £1.3m.”