Spireites boss moves in on three signing targets

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Spireites - who start their 2013-14 campaign at Bury FC -will be hoping to clinch the signings of three players this week.

On the day the signed up players report back for pre-season training, Paul Cook will be hoping to sew up deals for Gary Roberts, Sam Morsy and Ryan Cresswell.

Roberts visited the Proact on Monday and despite being on a salary level well above what’s considered affordable at Chesterfield, a reduced wage and longer deal is hoped will be enough to tempt the ex-Huddersfield Town left sider away from his remaining year at Swindon Town.

Bradford City are believed to be monitoring the player as well.

Port Vale’s Sam Morsy will command a compensation fee.

Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite has rubbished the offer made by Spireites, but it’s expected a compromise can be reached.

It’s also believed that a cash offer has been made to Southend United for ex Miller Cresswell. Fleetwood Town have reportedly offered a six figure fee but the player wants to join Cook’s squad

Cook will also be aware that Bobby Grant has put in a transfer request at Rochdale.

The manager has been a long time admirer of the former Accrington Stanley and Scunthorpe United raider.

The League Two fixtures, revealed yesterday, handed Bury as the opener on August 3.

A week later, they have their first home league game, against Cheltenham.

They have a local derby against newly-promoted Mansfield on September 28.

The away fixture is scheduled for March 22.

Boxing Day sees Chesterfield entertain Hartlepool at home.

While at New Year’s Day, they are at Northampton.

The season wraps up on May 3, against Fleetwood, at home.