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Football: Artell saga looks set to reach happy conclusion.

Byline: BY NEIL TURNER

THE long running Dave Artell transfer saga involving Mansfield Town and Chester City should finally reach a conclusion later today.

The 24-year-old central defender is expected to travel to the Deva Stadium today and complete the transfer formalities.

Chester were accused by the Nottinghamshire club of making an illegal approach for the player, an accusation that City have always refuted But now the transfer details have eventually been agreed, and the player will join Chester in their pre-season training programme on Monday.

City chairman Stephen Vaughan commented last night: 'The deal has been agreed with Mansfield and all the paperwork completed.

'We have deposited the fee with the Football League as we were requested to do. ' It's been a drawn-out affair, but at last we have reached a conclusion to the transaction.

'Thankfully David will be able to join the squad early next week.'

Vaughan also revealed that the club had moved closer to tying up a deal for a new striker.

'We have stated that we want to recruit one more frontman.

'And Keith Curle and myself have had discussions with two players and their respective agents over the past couple of days.

'In our own minds we now know which player offers us the best value, and to that end we will hopefully be able to make an announcement next week.'

Former Chester defender, Gary Brabin, is training with Nationwide Conference club Halifax Town.

Brabin has fought his way back from a heart condition that brought a temporary halt to his career last year But he has subsequently been given the all-clear to resume playing, and he is now looking to earn a contract at The Shay.

Meanwhile Premier League referee Uriah Rennie will take charge of City's away friendly match at Rainworth MW next Thursday evening.

Rennie, who lives in Sheffield, is a close friend of City manager Keith Curle and the official was persuaded by Curle to officiate at the match
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2005
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