CHESTER CITY are hoping to bring in a striker on loan prior to Sunday’s eagerly-awaited derby clash against Wrexham at the Racecourse.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan and manager Mark Wright have been working hard to conclude the transaction, and Vaughan is confident they will be successful.
He said: “We have missed out on a couple of targets in the last couple of weeks, but hopefully we will be successful with this attempt.
“I won’t reveal the player yet but we are close to concluding a deal, and hopefully everything can be completed prior to Sunday’s match.”
Last night Chester’s captain Roberto Martinez was linked to the vacant managerial position at Swansea City following Kenny Jackett’s shock departure yesterday.
Martinez, who joined City from the South Wales club in the summer, has been mooted in some quarters to return to the League One outfit as a possible player-manager. Other names linked with the vacancy are former Everton manager Joe Royle and the ex-Liverpool and Wales striker Dean Saunders.
“As far as I am concerned, Roberto will lead the Chester out at Wrexham this weekend, he is our captain and I am looking no further than Sunday,” said Vaughan.
Chester have sold more than 1,500 tickets for Sunday’sall-ticket clash, with around 6,000 supporters expected.
Meanwhile, Hereford United have written to the Football League requesting clarification of the reasons surrounding last weekend’s postponement of the match at Chester.
A spokesman for Chester reflected: “We worked tirelessly to try to get the game played and we also spent a lot of money to purchase pitch coverings. To question the decision to cancel the match that was taken by the designated match referee, is obtuse in the extreme.”