CHESTER City chairman Stephen Vaughan still hasn't ruled out becoming a sizeable shareholder in Everton, the club he has supported for most of his life.

Everton director Paul Gregg has indicated he wants to sell his 23.2% shareholding in the club and Vaughan had discussions with him last weekend when he was asked to provide 'proof of funding'.

Gregg has since been reported as saying he may not yet be ready to part with his shares, prompting Vaughan's business associate Lee Maloney to issue a statement.

It said: 'Everton manager David Moyes has expressed a wish for peace in matters off the field and at boardroom level and as lifelong Evertonians we agree with those sentiments.

'However, Stephen is talking to other shareholders which could prove to be interesting, but we do not wish to conduct our business dealings in the media. Until there are positive developments from our discussions we won't be commenting publicly again in the near future.'

If Vaughan is successful in acquiring the Everton shares, he has said that to comply with Football League rules he would transfer his City shares to his brother-in-law and chief executive Dave Burford.

City boss Keith Curle has returned from holiday to begin his team-building plans for next season. Chester have been given permission to talk to Doncaster striker Greg Blundell after the two clubs agreed a fee believed to be about £100,000.

Blundell, 29, previously with Northwich and Vauxhall, scored 32 goals for Doncaster.

He is expected to talk personal terms with Chester when he returns from watching Liverpool's European Champions' League victory in Turkey, but Stockport County are also believed to be chasing him.

Also on Curle's shopping list are two former Mansfield players - defender Scott McNiven and striker Colin Larkin.

Chester have parted company with midfielder Andy Watson who never completed a full game following last year's move from Farsley Celtic because of injury. Cortez Belle is expected to sign for Newport County.

Paul Carden, released by Chester, won the player of the year and away travel supporters' player of the year awards.

City fans have until Tuesday to take advantage of season ticket discounts. Details are on