Paper Talk: Blades Look To Sharpen Up With Ward

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is believed to be chasing former Barnsley target, Chesterfield and League Two's top scorer Jamie Ward and is preparing a £400,000 bid - the same as The Reds offered.

Chesterfield accepted this bid from Barnsley but the move broke down after the club and Ward failed to agree personal terms, and it appears Blackwell may now go in for Ward after selling top scorer James Beattie to Stoke and being snubbed by Reading's Leroy Lita.

The Daily Express writes:

"Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has bid £400,000 for Chesterfield striker Jamie Ward.

Blackwell has made a firm offer for former Villa trainee Ward as he bids to find new firepower to replace striker James Beattie.

Ward, 22, has scored 14 goals for Chesterfield this season and rejected a move to Barnsley last week after failing to agree personal terms.

But the Blades have offered the Spirerites £400,000 plus a hefty sell-on clause."