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Oldham have made a move for Verona striker Craig Davies but failed with an outlandish approach to land Patrik Berger.

Having culled his Boundary Park ranks Sheridan is on the lookout for a plethora of new signings and, it would appear Davies tops his wish-list.

The former Oxford United striker spent much of last season on-loan at Wolves after his move from Oxford to Serie B side Verona never really worked out.

Athletic managing director Simon Corney accepts any bid to sign Davies could prove to be a protracted process, but he believes the Wales international would be a noticeable coup.

"Craig Davies is quite an ambitious target, but we are very keen to sign him permanently," he told the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

"We have been tracking him for a while because he has the ability and the pace to become a huge asset for our team.

"It would be expensive to bring him in, but sometimes you need to speculate a little if you want to get the right players.

"At the moment Verona are looking for a six-figure fee, but hopefully our negotiations might bring that down quite significantly.

"We hope Craig would represent value for money, and he was very highly recommended by Wolves when we asked for their opinion.

"He is someone we like and admire - the way he performed against us in the cup last season showed he is a very talented player."

News of an approach for Davies follows on closely from Wednesday's surprise move for Aston Villa midfielder Berger, despite the fact the Czech schemer has only recently signed a new contract at the Premiership club.

Corney accepts that this deal is now 'dead in the water' but Oldham are more hopeful of luring old boy Mark Allott back to the club from Chesterfield.

The midfielder is thought to be keen on a return to Boundary Park, but Chesterfield chief Lee Richardson insists he will only sanction his departure at the right price.

"I can confirm that Oldham has enquired about the possible transfer of Mark Allott," he confirmed.

"This enquiry is being considered seriously but the current position is that the two clubs have a different view on the players valuation.

"The club continues to take the view that there can be no movement out of any player unless the deal is the right one for Chesterfield FC."

Meanwhile, Oldham youngster Matty Wolfenden has committed himself to the club by penning terms on a new two-year deal.