CHESTERFIELD: Spireites fancy Richards

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Port Vale striker Marc Richards is at the top of Chesterfield’s wanted list.

The 29-year-old ex-Barnsley frontman has been Vale’s top scorer for the last 4 seasons and is out of contract with the Potteries outfit who are still in administration.

Chesterfield owner Dave Allen has stated that ‘a 20-goal striker’ is one of the club’s three main summer targets, along with ‘a central midfielder and a centre-half to play alongside Neal Trotman’.

Richards fits the bill perfectly and is best remembered for a hat-trick at Saltergate in a 5-0 demolition by Vale.

He also has a streak of nastiness, he was once sent off for punching Aaron Downes in a Spireites’ win at Vale Park. Boss John Sheridan has said he wants a little more of that aggressive style.

Richards is also believed to be interesting Rotherham United, Shrewsbury Town, Northampton Town and at least one Scottish club.

With Jordan Bowery and Jack Lester still contracted to the club and an offer made to Scott Boden, the acquisition of Richards could end Chesterfield’s interest in any further frontmen, especially with the stated aim of having just 22 professionals next season.

However there are rumours that ex-Owls striker Leon Clarke, who was on loan at Crawley from Charlton at the end of the campaign, could also be on Sheridan’s radar. Clarke scored nine goals including a hat-trick in an autumn loan spell at the B2net last year.

The Spireites have already captured keeper Richard O’Donnell, released by Sheffield Wednesday, to battle it out with Player of the Year Tommy Lee for the No 1 spot.