Sheffield United are locked in talks with Chesterfield as they attempt to capture Eoin Doyle before the transfer window closes tonight.
The former Hibernian centre-forward, who scored his 25th goal of the season against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, is Nigel Clough’s leading target following the arrival of four new players, including John Brayford and Jason Holt, at Bramall Lane.
Preston North End and New York City are also interested in Doyle with the MLS franchise confident the prospect of playing alongside Frank Lampard and David Villa next term can lure the 26-year-old to Yankee Stadium. But United, who The Star understands have already lodged one firm bid with their League One rivals, are scheduled to hold further negotiations ahead of the 11pm deadline.
Chesterfield are thought to be demanding around £1m for Doyle and Clough, speaking after Jamie Murphy’s brace put Swindon Town to the sword on Saturday, said: “We’ve got four in and, yes, we’re possibly looking to try and do a little bit more.
“It’s no secret that we’re looking for a striker. But, what gives us great confidence, is that Che (Adams) can play through there and we’ve just seen that Jamie Murphy can perform that role very well also.
“It was two great and two very different finishes from him.”
Murphy and Terry Kennedy agreed new contracts before a 2-0 victory which saw United climb to sixth in the table and the pair combined for the former Scotland under-21 international’s second goal. However Diego De Girolamo has rejected their latest offer and is believed to view Sunderland as a possible destination should he leave South Yorkshire at the end of the campaign.
“Jamie wanted to stay and he’s happy,” Clough said. “When Jamie and Terry were desperate to stay and we were desperate to keep them, it doesn’t take very long to sort out.
“It’s all been very positive stuff, with new players coming in as well, because Terry provides us with a brilliant option too. There was no great negotiation required.”
Clough, who made wholesale changes for the visit of Swindon, recruited Holt on loan from Heart of Midlothian last week.
“It will be nice to look at Jason,” he said. “We haven’t seen a lot of him, like when Che came in, but he comes with a great reputatation, a deserved reputation and has clearly got great potential.”
“That’s a superb three points,” Clough added. “That’s what you’ve got the squad for.
“Some (changes) were enforced. Mark (Howard) has felt his back a bit so needed a rest and Bob Harris is back at home after a family bereavement.
“But it was lovely, also, to see two players who have just agreed new contracts combining for the second goal.”