IT may be a busy day in the transfer market for Chester City, with one player definitely moving out of the club, another coming in and the possible acquisition of a long-admired target.
With the transfer deadline falling at 5pm this evening, the Nationwide Conference leaders are trying to strengthen their squad for the title run-in.
Definitely leaving the Deva Stadium is midfielder Danny Williams, who has been on loan with City from Kidderminster Harriers for the last month. The ex-Wrexham player's temporary arrangement has not been renewed.
Williams's departure frees up City's second loan spot - the other loanee is Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner - and that will be filled by the Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Elam.
The 31-year-old Geordie, who played for City manager Mark Wright at South-port, also lists Morecambe and Halifax Town among his previous clubs.
Elam may be joined at the Deva by the Morecambe midfielder Stewart Drummond. City have already had two offers for the player turned down this season, but last night they tabled a further bid.
"We have faxed over a revised offer, which includes a financial sum and a player. We will now await Morecambe's reply," said City chairman Stephen Vaughan last night.
Drummond, who has been publicly critical of certain aspects of the Shrimpers' performances of late, is out of contract at Christie Park in the summer, and can move after June 1. Morecambe's recent indifferent run of results, means that they are now realistically out of the Conference play-off race, and City hope the financial offer plus a player may tempt the Fylde coast outfit to do business.
"Lee Elam has agreed to join us and his experience will be a great asset to us. Hopefully Lee can also be teamed up with Stewart, but that part of the equasion is out of our hands at the moment," added Vaughan.
Meanwhile, the injury sustained by City's young wing-back Jamie Heard at Barnet on Saturday isn't as bad as was first feared.
The ex-Hull City player hobbled off after 24 minutes at Underhill at the weekend with a nasty gash just above the knee. However he should be available for Chester's next match at Telford Utd next Tuesday.