CHESTER CITY moved a step closer to signing a loan striker last night, following discussions between manager Mark Wright and the player’s club.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan is hopeful that a deal can be finalised prior to the weekend.
He said: “We have had talks with the player’s club, and they are confident of bringing a replacement in prior to next Saturday, which means the player that we have targeted can move to us.
“I would still rather not disclose the player’s name or his club at the moment, but if everything can be finalised, then we would hope to include the lad in our squad, who travel to Swindon Town on Saturday.”
Vaughan also revealed that he and manager Mark Wright will be sitting down with Roberto Martinez on Thursday to ask him to make a decision on his future.
The 33-year-old Spaniard is one of the front-runners for the vacant managerial position with Swansea City, which became open last week following the resignation of Kenny Jackett.
Vaughan said: “We will talk to Roberto and ask him to give a decision to us. Do you want to go or do you want to stay? If he wants to move on, he can do so and will be allowed to go with our best wishes, but hopefully he will want to stay and see out the remaining 18 months of his contract with us.
“The one thing I won’t allow is indecision or prevarication, it is unsettling for Chester City and its management and players and that is unacceptable. I want a decision one way or another, then we can all get on with our lives.”
City are in action this evening, when they face Bury at the Deva Stadium. Chester defeated the Shakers 3-1 at Gigg Lane earlier this season, then were initially eliminated from the FA Cup before being reinstated after the North Manchester club were found guilty of playing an ineligible player in the second round replay at the Deva.
City will again be without midfield player Jamie Hand this evening. He is serving the second match of a two-game suspension.
Ashley Westwood’s hamstring injury will again rule him out of contention.
Bury haven’t recorded a league victory in their last 10 outings, and re slipping precariously towards the relegation dogfight.
CHESTER CITY (from): Danby, Palethorpe, Marples, Artell, Bolland, Linwood, Sandwith, Cronin, Martinez, Bennett, Kearney, Wilson, Steele, Yeo, Rutherford, Allen, Holroyd.