CHESTER are hopeful of clinching the signature of the Northampton Town striker Darryn Stamp later today.
If the deal can be concluded today, the 6ft 2in tall player would go straight into the City squad who face Exeter City at St James Park tomorrow.
Chester manager Mark Wright had discussions with the ex-Scunthorpe United and Scarborough player yesterday, and the 24-year-old Yorkshireman has promised to give a decision today.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan is hopeful that formalities can be concluded prior to the trip to Devon.
"We have agreed a fee with Northampton, and the player appears keen to join us. We are just waiting for a call from the lad's agent to confirm that he will sign for us," he said.
Stamp has also had talks with third division Lincoln City, but the Deva Stadium club appear to be the front runners for the player's signature.
Wright has virtually a full-strength squad available for tomorrow's game at Exeter, the only absentees are leading scorer Daryl Clare, and central defender Scott Guyett, who are both still injured.
Phil Bolland is available again following his recent calf injury, and midfielder Jon Brady has completed his three-match suspension and is also available for selection.