CHESTER CITY will today step up their search for a striker to reinforce their depleted forward line before the festive period.
Having already had two offers for the Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons turned down, they are expected to table an offer for Bury's leading scorer Dave Nugent today.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: "The Phil Jevons rebuttal has made us all the more determined to bring in a striker of proven quality. "We will contact another North West-based club on Wednesday. At the moment I would prefer not to reveal the player's name, but we will make an offer for somebody who is scoring goals regularly at our level.
"We want somebody in before Christmas, and we are working all hours to bolster our squad."
Nineteen-year-old Nugent, who was a product of the Liverpool School of Excellence scheme, joined Bury three seasons ago. After gaining a regular place in the first team this season, he has established himself as one of the top scorers in the Coca-Cola League Two this campaign.
Meanwhile, Chester have been dealt a financial blow by their neighbours Wrexham, who entered financial administration last month.
The Welsh club went into administration three days after meeting City in the LDV Vans Trophy quarter-final, and they subsequently failed to pass on approximately £20,000 that was owed to Chester from their sale of tickets. The monies are now in the hands of the administrator Begbies Traynor, and Chester are now one of a number of football creditors who are owed money by the Racecourse outfit.
City have rearranged their home game against Cheltenham Town. The match should have been played on Saturday, January 8 but Chester are facing Bournemouth in the FA Cup that day, so the game against Cheltenham will now be played on Tuesday, February 1 (kick-off 7.45pm).