Chesterfield remain in Cresswell hunt

15 Jul

Ryan Cresswell is the subject of interest from Chesterfield

RYAN Cresswell remains a target of Chesterfield manager Paul Cook, media sources in Derbyshire have claimed.
The Sheffield Star reports today that the Spireites board will meet today, chiefly to discuss whether to bid for the defender, who is under contract at Southend for another year and a key player in Phil Brown’s plans.
Fleetwood Town have already seen two bids knocked back by the Shrimpers this summer, and while Chesterfield do not have the resources available to the Cod Army, they see the towering stopper as the final piece in the jigsaw of a side that is expected to challenge strongly for promotion to League One.
Southend are believed to value Cresswell at £250,000 and, despite their financial difficulties, are not prepared to let him leave on the cheap.
Meanwhile, the Southend Echo states the club are preparing to complete the signings of Ben Coker and a midfield player.
Ex-builder Coker, who finished last season at Histon, has impressed on trial at the club, while the midfield target, who Brown would not name, played for a club in League Two last season. Southend have already been linked with moves for John Joe O’Toole of Colchester, who appeared for Bristol Rovers on loan last term, and Gillingham man Charlie Lee. However, it would appear Southend’s lack of cash could mean both targets are unobtainable, with Gills already having stated they value Lee at far more than the £20,000 Blues are believed to have tabled.
Tonight’s friendly with Chelmsford City will see two new trialists feature for the Shrimpers, Irish striker Don Cowan, who most recently played for Dundee but also spent time at Stevenage, and midfielder Tyler Christian.
Cowan, described as extremely quick, began his career in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers before a successful spell with Longford Town led to a deal with Stevenage. Whilst with the League One club, he suffered a broken ankle which also cut short his loan spell with Braintree and led to his early release from his contract in January. He joined Dundee in February, but has made just one substitute appearance to date.


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