Clarke targets Spireites move

Leon Clarke celebrates his second of the game by Tina Jenner CHESTERFIELD v CARLISLE UNITED
Leon Clarke celebrates his second of the game by Tina Jenner CHESTERFIELD v CARLISLE UNITED
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PAOLO Di Canio’s Swindon board are believed to be in talks to reach severance terms with Leon Clarke - paving the way for a permanent move to Chesterfield.

The former Sheffield Wednesday striker’s bust up with ex-Hillsborough star Di Canio has been a godsend for Chesterfield who want to sign him permanently when his loan ends in early December.

Clarke hit five goals in his first three games to lift the previously struggling Spireites.

Swindon will need to negotiate a settlement with the former Wolves and Wednesday forward on the two-year contract he signed in the summer. Chesterfield are currently subsidising his £4,000 a week wages, perhaps to the tune of around £2,500.

Clarke, who scuffled with Di Canio in the tunnel at the County Ground, may end up taking a pay cut but is understood to be committed to a longer-term future with the Derbyshire club.