CHESTER CITY will this week try to sign the Wrexham pair of Trinidadian internationals Dennis Lawrence and Hector Sam.
Thirty-year-old Lawrence is seen by City as a replacement for Danny Collins, who joined Coca-Cola Championship side Sunderland last month, while Sam is wanted to pep up Chester's depleted strike-force.
"Ian Rush sees the pair as players who will improve our squad and I will be approaching the Wrexham chairman in the next day or so," said City chairman Stephen Vaughan last night.
The 6ft 7ins Lawrence has been a key member of Wrexham's defence for the past three and half seasons, while Sam's pace is a quality that Rush needs at the moment, with City's leading scorer Michael Branch sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.
Vaughan also revealed Chester had received an offer from Nationwide Conference club Carlisle United for last season's leading scorer Daryl Clare, who is out of contract at the end of this season.
"The offer we have on the table from Carlisle is substantial. We have a number of options open to us. We could accept Carlisle's bid, or allow Daryl to see out his contract and become a free agent next May.
"Of course, the other option is for us to offer us a new deal," said Vaughan.
"We will sit down with Daryl and see what his intentions are. We want Daryl to stay and we will be offering him a new contract, which we hope he will accept.
"Daryl is a quality player, and the type we want at Chester City.
"As I've said many times before, we want the best players at this club, and we are always endeavouring to acquire and keep the best players that will take us to the next stage of our develop-ment."
Chester's home LDV Vans Trophy northern quarter-final against Wrexham, will be played on Tuesday, November 30. The game will be all-ticket - arrangements to be announced in the next 10 days.