HUDDERSFIELD Town's Pennine rivals Oldham Athletic are believed to have been running the rule over a bid for striker Robbie Simpson.

The Latics are believed to be interested in securing the services of the former Coventry City man - but it's unclear whether it would be a loan or permanent deal at this stage.

Simpson, 27, who boasts a sports science and maths degree from Loughborough University, spent last season on loan at Brentford where he suffered a number of niggling injuries - a situation which curtailed his prospects at Huddersfield Town in the 2009/10 season when he appeared just 14 times after joining the club.

He was strongly linked with a permanent move to the Bees last season after scoring eight goals in 18 starts but the deal evaporated after the manager who took him to the club, Andy Scott, parted company with Brentford.

Scott is now manager at League II Rotherham United.

Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov has so far signed two defenders this summer with Jean Yves-Mvoto coming in from Sunderland on a permanent deal after being on loan in the 2010/11 season plus Zander Diamond from Scottish Premier side Aberdeen.

He also picked up young keeper Alex Cisak from Accrington Stanley.

In June Dickov spoke of the need to improve firepower in his squad and admitted he was chasing Norwich City man Cody McDonald and Crewe striker Clayton Donaldson.

McDonald, who scored 25 goals while on loan at Gillingham last season, remains with the Canaries and Donaldson, who scored 28 League II goals last season to take home the golden boot, joined Brentford on a free transfer in July.

Dickov has recently had young QPR striker Josh Parker, 20, on trial.