Cheltenham Town, Leyton Orient, Barnet and Wycombe lead chase for non-league ace

The Conference South’s leading goalscorer Dave Tarpey is being chased by a number of Football League clubs, Just Football understands.

Dave Tarpey

(image credit: Maidenhead United FC)

The 28-year-old has lit up non-league football this season with a string of outstanding performances, and MK Dons, Wycombe Wanderers, Bristol Rovers and Southend are just some of the clubs to have sent scouts to York Road to watch the forward so far.

Cheltenham, Barnet, Leyton Orient and Walsall are also thought to be monitoring Tarpey.

Dave Tarpey has hit an astounding 22 goals in 19 league games for Maidenhead already in 2016/17 to help fire the Magpies into a nine-point lead at the top of the Conference South.

That tally has taken Tarpey, who can play in a forward role or out wide, to 59 goals in 97 games for Maidenhead, prompting interest from Football League clubs looking for a goalscorer to bolster their ranks in January.

Tarpey has previously had spells with Basingstoke, Hampton and Richmond Borough and Farnborough. While Maidenhead’s brilliant season sees them firmly in the hunt for promotion to the Conference the lure of professional football could prove too tempting for the 28-year-old hotshot to turn down.

Wycombe sit seventh in League Two at present, but are among the lowest scorers in the division, while Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town are also both desperate for goals.

League One outfit MK Dons have sent scouts to watch Maidenhead this season, and could consider Tarpey a lower cost option to bolster their squad. Meanwhile, Barnet recently bid a club record £250,000 for Grimsby Town striker Omar Bogle, and will turn their attentions to Dave Tarpey among others as they seek alternative options in attack.

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