CHESTER City expect to welcome a new striker into their ranks for tomorrow's League Two encounter at Barnet.
The Blues were yesterday trying to finalise a swap deal with Boston United for Anthony Elding, who could come into manager Mark Wright's selection plans at Underhill if the transfer goes through in time. City centre-forward Drewe Broughton would head in the opposite direction to Boston as part of the proposed exchange.
With the transfer window closed, both players were being lined up to move on loan initially - for either one month or three.
The possibility of a swap deal arose after Boston manager Steve Evans contacted Chester about the availability of Broughton.
Blues boss Wright said: 'Drewe hasn't been featuring and probably hasn't done what I expected him to do. If that happens, then you have to go on loan and go on and further your career.
'Anthony Elding is a younger lad who's quick, has a good touch and probably suits our style of football well. At this moment in time, we'd be losing nothing to do a straight swap.'
Elding, 24, is a former Kettering and Stevenage striker and has scored once for Boston in nine League Two starts this season. Broughton was signed from Rushden in the summer and has netted two goals so far, but Wright has left him on the bench in recent weeks.
The Blues have also been linked with two other strikers this week - Leyton Orient's Lee Steele and Callum Willock of Brentford.
'They are players that I like and players that I know about,' said Wright. 'But if anything happens it won't be happening before Saturday so I'd rather concentrate on what we have here.'
Wright is still keen to sign a senior goalkeeper to provide competition for John Danby, but he is less sure about when or if winger Ryan Semple will be joining on loan from Lincoln City.
A deal was agreed weeks ago by all parties but City will only go ahead with the transfer once Semple has recovered from a persistent hamstring injury.
Wright said: 'We're looking for a goalkeeper but we're also looking for wide men and the situation with Ryan Semple is going on way too long. I think he needs to go and get it sorted out quite quickly if we are to do the deal.'
Midfielder Jamie Hand is suspended for tomorrow's trip to Underhill, so Stephen Vaughan - eligible again after serving a one-match ban of his own - should come into the side.
Vaughan is likely to slot in on the right, with Dean Bennett moving into the centre to partner Roberto Martinez.
Chester's only fresh fitness doubt surrounds Ashley Westwood (hamstring) but there are three centre-backs ready to take his place should he fail to recover - Paul Linwood, Phil Bolland and Sean Hessey.
* The Blues will discover their FA Cup opponents tomorrow. The draw for the first round will be made at 5.30pm and will be shown live on BBC1 and Sky Sports News.
* There is a £1 discount for any fan who buys a ticket for next Friday's Darlington v Chester match in advance (rather than paying at the turnstile on the night).
Tickets will be on sale at the Saunders Honda Stadium ticket office next week from Monday to Thursday (10am-4pm), as well as after the match against Stockport on Tuesday.
The discounted tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for concessions, £7 for 11 to 16-year-olds and £4 for seven to 10-year-olds. Under 7s get in free.