CHESTER City have had a £50,000 bid for Vauxhall Motors striker Paul Taylor rejected after the Ellesmere Port club decided it fell “some way short” of their expectations.
Vauxhall’s executive committee met on Boxing Day to discuss the offer, which was lodged by the Blues a few days before Christmas.
After talking over the proposed deal, Motors officials have opted to turn down Chester as they think Taylor, who has netted 15 goals this season, is worth more.
Vauxhall chairman Alan Bartlam said: “Chester’s bid fell some way short of our expectations. Paul should clearly be playing at a higher level and we are sure he will, but we will not accept the first bid that comes along.
“We would be happy to keep him if we do not get an acceptable bid, but if someone makes an offer that is suitable for Paul and ourselves then we will let him go.
“The bid made by Chester, however, did not come close to the valuation we have in mind.”
Former Manchester City trainee Taylor, 20, has been watched by a host of Football League clubs since joining the Motormen in the summer and seems certain to leave the Blue Square North outfit during the January transfer window.
Chester must now decide whether to continue their pursuit of the player by lodging a higher bid, or concede defeat.