CHESTER City are trying to snatch Bury's top scorer David Nugent from their former boss Graham Barrow.
They are set to make a bid for the 12-goal marksman who has progressed through the junior ranks at Gigg Lane.
But Barrow poured cold water on the idea yesterday, suggesting Nugent was destined for the top.
'This is the first time I have heard of Chester's interest, but with respect to them, Nugent is better than this division.
'There were several Premiership scouts here at our last home game and Sheffield United are also very interested. He is the business and although every club has its price for players, it would take a ridiculously high offer from Chester to make us interested in selling him.'
Nugent, who is 19, is currently in talks with Bury over a new contract and Barrow will try to resist the temptation to let him go anywhere at the moment, least of all to their League Two rivals.
Said Chester boss Ian Rush: 'We are going through the formal channels to see what Bury's feelings are. We will have to wait and see.
'We have one or two other irons in the fire and I haven't ruled out getting a player in for the weekend.'
Rush is desperate to find a striker as the Blues prepare to take on leaders Scunthorpe United at the Saunders Honda Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
He has been boosted by the news that Michael Branch's hamstring injury isn't as bad as feared. There is no muscle tear and the injury is thought to be related to back stiffness brought on by the long trip to Southend last Friday.
He has a chance of playing against Scunthorpe and definitely back is Kevin Ellison following his one match ban. But Richard Hope and Darren Edmondson have still to resume training and are very doubtful.
Likely to make their home debuts are David Bayliss and Ian Hillier, who were signed on loan from Luton Town last Friday.
City clearly face a tough task. Scunthorpe have won eight league and cup games in a row and are unbeaten in 11 matches. They also have the league's top scorer in 13-goal Phil Hayes, but City will take heart from the fact they were the first team to beat them at Glanford Park this season, Ellison and Phil Bolland scoring in a 2-1 win.
Said Rush: 'We are one of the few teams to beat Scunthorpe and that gives us the edge psychologically.
'We outplayed them for 45 minutes and if we can press them and close them down like we did that day we could do well on Sunday.'
Chester go to Rochdale for a league game next Tuesday (3pm).
Chester are victims of Wrexham's financial troubles. The Welsh club owe them £20,000 from ticket sales for their recent LDV Vans Trophy match, but because they are in administration Chester are among the creditors.
Chester's allocation of 1,700 tickets for the all-ticket match at Macclesfield on January 1 (3pm) will be on sale today from 10am to 4pm and between 10am and noon tomorrow.
Sales will continue following the Scunthorpe match on Sunday and from 10am to 4pm next Wednesday and Thursday.
Chester's home game with Cheltenham, scheduled for January 8 when City are at Bournemouth in the FA Cup, has been switched to Tuesday, February 1.