Highly-rated young keeper Aaron Ramsdale has become Chesterfield’s fourth signing since the transfer window opened, arriving on loan from Bournemouth until the end of the season.
Manager Jack Lester spoke of his delight at landing Ramsdale, who joined the Premiership club from Sheffield United in a reported £800,000 deal 12 months ago.
“He’s someone we’ve been after and it’s a fantastic signing for us,” said Lester. “He went for big money and Bournemouth have been fantastic with us so I’d like to thank them for their help.
“Aaron knows the area and a few of the lads and Simon Tracey rates him very highly so we’re delighted to have got him.”
Ramsdale commented: “I’m very pleased to join Chesterfield. I’m glad that it’s all done so that I can focus on the game tomorrow.
“It’s a great club and we shouldn’t be in the position that we are in. Hopefully we can start to get some wins and climb the table.”
Ramsdale, 19, started all five games for the England Under-19 side that won the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He has also been capped three times at England Under-20 level.
Ramsdale joins fellow new recruits Zavon Hines, Sid Nelson and Josh Kay in the squad.
Meanwhile, the signing of Ramsdale has led to the departure of Jake Eastwood, who made four appearances in goal after being signed on an emergency loan from Sheffield United. “I’d like to thank Jake for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future,” added Lester.