CHESTER CITY will today sign Southampton forward Eddie Anaclet - and the player will go straight into the squad to face Halifax Town in tomorrow's FA Cup second round tie at The Shay.
Anaclet, 20, has been a regular member of Saints' reserve side this season and can play on the right of midfield or as a right-sided striker.
City's assistant manager Mark Aizlewood said: "Eddie is a quick and direct player, and is extremely well thought of at Southampton. He will strengthen our squad at this current time."
Anaclet, who will sign on a temporary basis for City, has been with the south coast Premier League club for four years, originally signing on a scholarship basis.
Chester are expected to take a large following with them for tomorrow's tie, with a support of over 1,000 expected to make the journey to Yorkshire.
Halifax, who are currently third in the Nationwide Conference, have a full-strength squad to select from, but City will be without Phil Bolland, Ben Davies, Stewart Drummond and Cortez Belle through suspension, while leading scorer Michael Branch is side-lined with an ankle injury.
City boss Ian Rush who scored 43 FA Cup goals in his glittering playing career, still gets a buzz from the competition.
"It's still exciting as a manager," said Rush.
"When you are a player at a club like Liverpool, you dream of scoring the winning goal in the final.
"Now as manager of Chester, the dream is of getting to the third round when of course there's every chance of drawing a Premiership club."
Meanwhile, tickets are on sale at the club's Bumpers Lane offices for next Saturday's all-ticket Coca-Cola League Two game against Shrewsbury.