A TALENTED Premiership defender could be on his way to the Deva Stadium after becoming one of the early casualties of Manchester City’s multi-million pound takeover.
Money is now no object for the Eastlands club after they were bought out last month by the mega-rich Abu Dhabi United Group from the Middle East.
But with a host of big-name signings due once the January transfer window opens, City’s home-grown players will find their first-team chances restricted and some are already facing up to the prospect of moving on.
One such player is Academy graduate Sam Williamson, who has been training with Chester this week with a view to joining them on loan.
Blues boss Simon Davies likes what he has seen from the Macclesfield-born left-back, who is two weeks short of his 21st birthday.
“He’s looked what we would expect in training,” said the Chester manager. “He’s technically a very, very good player and he’s a fit lad. He just looks comfortable. He would be a good addition to the squad.”
Williamson has been with City since the age of nine. He won the FA Youth Cup in 2006 and made his one and only Premiership appearance in April this year, coming on as a second-half substitute for Richard Dunne in a 3-1 win over Portsmouth at Eastlands.
Manchester City have pledged to continue investing in their youth policy despite now being able to spend huge sums on new signings, but it is inevitable that some young players will look to move on.
Davies added: “It’s just got a bit stale for Sam. It just needed freshening up for him. If we can, we will try to get him on loan for a month or two.”
Chester are also running the rule over experienced midfielder Dave Brammer in training. The Bromborough-born 33-year-old, who counts Wrexham, Crewe and Stoke among his former clubs, has a year left on his contract at Millwall but has been told he can leave.
Davies, who is also looking to seal the signing of free agent Eddie Johnson once space can be made on the wage bill, said: “Dave’s been training at Crewe but they weren’t able to offer him anything. At the moment he’s just coming in on trial with us.
“We’ll have a look and if and when we can do so, then something may happen.”
The Blues host Lincoln City at the Deva tomorrow. Fit-again Laurence Wilson is expected to return in place of the suspended Kevin Roberts, while leading scorer Kevin Ellison is a major doubt due to an ankle injury.
Davies said: “With it being Kevin and with him doing ever so well for us this season, I’ll give him as long as we can. He’s massive for us.”