Barnsley boss Simon Davey has finally moved to admit he has made a £400,000 bid for Chesterfield and League Two's top scorer Jamie Ward but the Spireites must decide whether to accept it by 4pm today!!
Davey has taken the unusual step of confirming his interest in a player when previously he does not comment on signings or potential signings until the deal is signed, sealed and delivered but he told the Barnsley Star:
"He's (Jamie] a striker in form. He's young, hungry and has the potential to improve. He's a player I'm very keen on, I believe he's got the potential to be very successful," revealed Davey, who has given Chesterfield until 4pm today to make their decision.
"Jamie's a young out and out goalscorer. We've already got some good strikers at the club, but I believe he's a player that we need.
"I wanted somebody who has had relative experience at League football, but also who is young and whom I believe can develop and play in the Championship. Jamie fits the bill.
"Jamie also has electrifying pace, which is another major component which I think will help him play at Championship level.
"He's also just down the road at Chesterfield, so it's not a big move in terms of distance for him.
"We've offered the money, so we'll have to wait and see what happens. All I know is there was contact with Chesterfield late yesterday, so hopefully we can get our man"
It has been reported within the last few hours that Chesterfield have decided to up their price but with the deadline just over two hours away The Reds are still confident of getting their man.
Howard moved to Bramall Lane on loan for a fee of £250,000 in October and the Blades have now payed another £250,000 to make the deal permanent.