CHESTERFIELD: Strike ace Jordan Bowery closes in on Spireites exit

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YOUNG striker Jordan Bowery is on the brink of leaving managerless Chesterfield for Aston Villa.

Spireites chief executive Chris Turner refused to comment on speculation linking the 21-year-old with a move to the Premier League club but The Star understands a deal could be completed for the youngster today.

It is thought Villa boss Paul Lambert has tabled an offer, believed to be in the region of £500,000, which could double depending on future appearances.

Bowery, who made his Chesterfield debut at the tender age of 17, has made 42 starts plus 60 substitute appearances, scoring 17 goals in the process, including the opener against Rotherham United on Saturday.

Spireites need to ship players out to bring further reinforcements in. With a squad size of just 22, including recent loan signing Liam Ridehalgh, there’s a definite imbalance in departments.

Should there be no new arrivals, the squad will be vulnerable but, following Sheridan’s demise, Turner again reiterated the club’s expectancy is promotion with relegation quoted as costing the club around £750,000.

Defender Neal Trotman (knee) is a major doubt for the trip to Gillingham this weekend. Should he be left out, Terrell Forbes would switch from right back to central defender with Drew Talbot slotting in at full back, , despite being one of the early season successes in his best position on the right wing.