BLUES fans may have to wait a few weeks until boss Neil Young bolsters his squad by signing a striker.
Young has identified transfer targets who might be available to move to Chester on loan, but the players in question are currently with full-time teams.
They are unlikely to be released by their parent clubs until closer to the big kick-off on August 18.
The situation suits Chester, who do not pay their players during the pre-season campaign because they are a part-time outfit.
A full-time loan player would need to be paid from the day he signed.
Young said: “We need to bring another forward to the football club. We have got one or two identified but them lads are full-time at the moment. We don’t want to be taking them on loan now if that is an option because it would be dead money effectively.
“None of our lads get paid until first game of the season. We’d be looking to bring someone in nearer the start date.”
Chester found the back of the net just three times in their first four pre-season matches and Young has put signing another striker at the top of his summer wish list.
He has been speaking to agents on a daily basis and went on a scouting mission to Nantwich Town’s match against Macclesfield Town on Tuesday. Ironically, the star of the Dabbers’ 5-1 win was former Chester striker Kyle Wilson, who bagged a hat-trick.
Chief scout Alex Hay was sent to watch his former club Tranmere Rovers in action at Heswall.
A 76th-minute strike from Matthew Kennedy saw Kilmarnock grab a 1-0 victory over the Blues on Saturday.
Matty McGinn and Marc Williams hit the woodwork for the hosts during a bright first-half display.
But Kennedy’s neat finish from 20 yards settled it for Scottish League Cup holders Killie in front of a crowd of 1,099.