Wilson: No concrete offers for Ariyibi but Spireites will have to consider bids

Danny Wilson says no concrete offers have emerged for Chesterfield's apparently much sought-after winger Gboly Ariyibi.

Thursday, 4th August 2016, 6:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:31 pm
Spirites Gboly Ariyibi with Owls Atdhe Nuhiu
Spirites Gboly Ariyibi with Owls Atdhe Nuhiu

Transfer speculation has been widespread in recent weeks with Rotherham United, Oxford United, Glasgow Rangers and Reading all linked with a move for the 21-year-old.

Wilson addressed the rumours at the club’s media day and admitted it was no surprise that Ariyibi was a name on the lips of other clubs.

“There’s nothing concrete whatsoever,” he said.

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“If Gboly doesn’t attract the type of attention he’s doing then people have got their eyes shut, he’s a very, very good footballer and speculation will be rife.

“He can only go and play well on the pitch like he’s been doing in pre-season, like he did the back end of last season.”

The American-born flying machine is in the final year of his contract at the Proact and Wilson was unable to confirm if a new deal has been offered by the Spireites.

Chesterfield’s veteran manager, obviously a big fan of the youngster, knows the club won’t be able to ignore the pound signs if clubs make approaches.

“If people come in with bids we’ll have to consider them, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.

“At the same time there’s only us can benefit from it if he’s playing like he is while he’s here.

“We’ve put a lot of belief in him, he can be anything.

“I love his attitude. I love him as a player going forward and defending, he’s got a terrific defensive attitude on him, which for a wide player is not always the case.

“He’s a goal threat, he’s a real team player.”