CHESTER City last night made a six figure bid for their former midfielder Kevin Ellison.
The 27-year-old Liverpudlian joined Hull City in a £125,000 transfer 18 months ago, after scoring nine goals in a 24 game spell with the Deva Stadium club.
Ellison found first-team opportunities limited at the KC Stadium and last month the East Coast club indicated that they would listen to offers for the player.
Last night Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "I have contacted the Hull chairman Adam Pearson and hopefully he will find our offer acceptable. This isn't the first time we have tried to bring Kevin back to Chester, hopefully this time our approach will be successful.
"I am determined to have a good go at winning promotion this season and the only way we will achieve that is with quality players."
The City chairman continued: "I have discussed the forthcoming campaign at length with Mark Wright and I have said if we identify certain players, who are still in contract, and we consider will strengthen our squad, then we should try and buy them if the pricing is realistic. I am not put off by transfer fees, and I have shown in the past that if a manager wants a particular player I will go out and buy him.
"I re-emphasise we are determined to push for automatic promotion this season and I won't leave any stone unturned in that quest."
Chester may face competition for Ellison's signature. It is understood that a North West-based League One club are also tracking the former Leicester City and Stockport County player.