Skysports.com understands Sheffield United are closing in on the signing of Chesterfield striker Jamie Ward.
Blades boss Kevin Blackwell has targeted Ward as he seeks to bolster his attacking options following the departure of James Beattie.
Chesterfield are resigned to losing Ward with his current contract due to expire in the summer and the player resisting offers to extend his stay.
Barnsley were keen to sign Ward earlier this month, but the move fell through after they failed to agree personal terms with the 22-year-old after a £400,000 fee had been set.
United have now swooped in and firmed up their interest in the highly-rated forward with an offer.
Both clubs are believed to be in ongoing talks over a fee for Ward with United hoping to tie up a deal for the former Aston Villa trainee in the next few days.