CHESTER City have received mixed news about their efforts to strengthen their playing squad.
City are hopeful that they can conclude a deal to bring the Shrewsbury Town midfielder Ryan Lowe to the club.
However attempts to bring the Queens Park Rangers midfielder Kevin McLeod, and Morecambe's Michael Twiss to City appear to have failed.
Lowe is out of favour currently with Shrewsbury, but it is understood that the Shropshire club would be amenable to transferring the Merseyside-based player to City.
A player exchange was spoken about yesterday, however the player that Chester offered was not acceptable to the Shrews manager Gary Peters.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: "Queens Park Rangers accepted our £125,000 offer for McLeod, but the player doesn't want to drop to League Two at this stage of his career.
"It is a similar situation with Michael Twiss.
"Morecambe thanked us for what they described as an extremely generous offer, but it appears that again the player doesn't want to come to Chester City."
Vaughan continued: "Our search for players to boost the squad will continue, and hopefully future players we target will want to play for us."
Meanwhile, former Chester City manger Mark Wright is one of the front-runners for the vacant managerial job with Rushden & Diamonds, which is currently held in a caretaker capacity by the former Wrexham player Barry Hunter.
"I spoke to the directors of Rushden following our match last weekend, and gave Mark a glowing reference. This was also the case last week when Leigh RMI asked me about Steve Bleasedale both of them did well for us, and I had no hesitation in recommending both men when asked to," said Vaughan.
Chester are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Aggborough to face second from bottom Kidderminster Harriers.