JUST 24 hours after losing out in the semi-finals of the Nationwide Conference play-off competition, Chester City have received an enquiry from a Scottish Premier Division side for their leading scorer Daryl Clare.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan confirmed the approach last night, saying: "Yes we have received an enquiry for Daryl and a financial offer was proposed, but we are building for the future at this club, not selling our assets.
"I would rather not disclose the name of the club at the moment, but they appeared keen on the player."
Vaughan continued: "We would only take the matter further if it benefited and improved Daryl's career and frankly that decision would be left to him.
"I reiterate that after Monday's disappointment we are more determined than ever to push for the Conference championship next season than we have ever been. Obviously at the moment we see Daryl as part of that push."
Clare joined Chester last Autumn from Boston United for a package believed to be around £100,000 and made a goal-scoring debut for the Deva Stadium outfit against champions-elect Yeovil Town on November 2.
The popular striker, who started his career with Grimsby Town before moving to Boston, has scored 17 Conference goals for City in the six months he has been at the Deva Stadium.
Obviously Chester will be keen to hold on to their prize asset and it would take a bid in the region of £300,000 to even take the matter further.
Clare was a member of the Chester side who so cruelly lost to Doncaster Rovers in a penalty shoot-out in the Conference play-offs on Bank Holiday Monday.
City are expected to announce their retained list early next week when a number of players will be offered new contract and others will be told that their services are no longer required.
Also next week details of season ticket offers for next season will be published by the club.