TOWN are plotting an exciting swoop to land Leicester City striker Steve Howard.
Sources suggest Galpharm boss Lee Clark will attempt to breath new life into his side’s League I promotion challenge by bringing in the experienced 33-year-old on loan.
Clark has a close relationship with Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, who has just landed Everton frontman James Vaughan on loan, from their time working alongside each other at Newcastle.
And he will use it to try and persuade the Walkers Stadium boss to allow the former Luton and Derby man to leave, albeit temporarily.
Howard scored 15 goals to help Leicester win promotion from League I last season, when he formed a highly effective partnership with Matty Fryatt.
The powerful Durham-born player, who has also been with Hartlepool and Northampton, needs just four more goals to reach a career tally of 200.
And Galpharm fans will be hoping they come in the colours of Town, who remain seventh in the table despite Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 home defeat by leaders Norwich.
Clark says Town, now five points off the play-off zone, must tighten up defensively after giving away “very preventable” goals in their first league defeat at the Galpharm this season.
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Centre-back Neal Trotman notched in only the second minute, but victory hopes were wrecked when Norwich struck three times in 17 minutes late on.
“The bottom line is everyone in the side has to accept their defensive duties and do them better,” said the manager.