CHESTER CITY will today make a substantial bid for Yeovil Town's unsettled striker Phil Jevons in an attempt to add more firepower to their strikeforce that has only registered two goals in the last three matches.
Manager Ian Rush's striking options are currently stretched to the limit, with last season's leading scorer Daryl Clare transferred to Boston United last month, Darryn Stamp currently on loan at Kidderminster Harriers, this season's leading scorer Michael Branch sidelined with an ankle injury, and young hotshot Cortez Belle serving his second long suspension of the season.
On Tuesday night, Rush was forced to play Kevin Rapley - who was the club's fifth choice striker at the beginning of the season - as a lone target man against Wrexham in their LDV Vans Trophy quarter-final.
Jevons, 25, started his career with Everton, making eight appearances before moving to Grimsby Town where he spent three seasons prior to his transfer to Yeovil during the summer.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: "Phil is the sort of quality player who would improve our squad. I will be contacting Yeovil and making a substantial offer for the lad.
"He has played with Michael Branch during their time together at Everton, and we hope to have him on board quickly.
"Phil has a lot of family roots in this area, and hope-fully he would welcome an opportunity to return to the North West.
"We have formulated what we consider to be an attractive proposal which could include a player as well as money."
Chester have selection problems ahead of Saturday's FA Cup second round tie at Nationwide Conference high-fliers Halifax Town.
Definitely out are defender Phil Bolland, midfielders Stewart Drummond and Ben Davies and striker Belle, all of whom are suspended.
Branch is also unlikely to be involved as his ankle injury is still causing concern.