AS the January transfer window opens, Chester City are unlikely to pursue their interest in the Vauxhall Motors striker Paul Taylor after the rejection of the club’s £50,000 bid last week.
Chester boss Bobby Williamson has targeted other players, saying Taylor was just one of a number of strikers on his wish list.
“Paul Taylor is one of many players we are watching,” said Williamson yesterday.
“We offered what we believed to be a fair price for Taylor, but financially we have to keep things in perspective.
“It’s been well documented that there are players out there I would like to bring into the club.
“But the club’s owner can’t put any more money in. It’s simple as that – we are salary-capped.”
To get over the salary-capping issue, Williamson is hopeful of transferring at least five of his existing squad in order to free up space and bring players into the club.
“Players have got to leave the club before we can bring players in,” the manager added.
“There are a lot of players out on loan I’d like to see moving on, to try and clear up some money to get below the salary cap so that we can strengthen.”
Chester are in action this afternoon when they entertain Grimsby Town at the Deva Stadium.
City have lost their last two matches, losing 5-3 at Morecambe on Boxing Day, then going down 3-0 against Brentford last Saturday.
And Williamson is looking for a reaction from his players following the two losses.
“We will try not to dwell on the defeats too much, because we have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down for the big game against Grimsby,” he said.
“I am sure we can get the guys into the right frame of mind and get the result we want.”
Chester will again be without striker John Murphy who is suffering from an ankle injury, as well as long-term injury victims Tony Dinning, Tony Grant and Lawrence Wilson.