CHESTER City were today expected to complete the signing of the former Port Vale and Reading midfielder Alex Smith.
The 27-year-old former Everton apprentice, who has been training with City for the past month, is ineligible for Saturday's FA Cup first round tie against Gravesend and Northfleet at the Deva Stadium, but he is likely to be included in the squad who travel to Morecambe in the Conference next Tuesday.
This will be Smith's second spell with City, having spent the 1998-99 season at the Deva, making 32 appearances and scoring two goals.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "The management and staff have been impressed with Alex during the period he has been training with us.
"So we will sign him on, and possibly talk about an extended contract towards the end of the season."
Meanwhile, Chester have lost out in the race to sign the Morecambe midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso, who has decided instead to join Third Division Doncaster Rovers.