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Wednesday, 19 December, 2001, 14:04 GMT
Chester's bold moves
Chester boss Steve Mungall is keen to make some bold transfer moves
Mungall is keen to make some bold transfer moves
Conference strugglers Chester City are making bold moves in the transfer market as they step up their fight for safety.

Manager Steve Mungall has agreed a fee with Telford United for long-time target Neil Moore.

Moore will move to the Deva Stadium if he can agree personal terms.

City are also looking to tie up a permanent deal for former Hull striker David Brown, who made his debut on Satruday.

Chester are also keen to recruit Port Vale defender Phil Hardy on loan.

Neil Moore is very experienced, and he's a winner
Steve Mungall

In addition, Mungall admits he would love to add tough-tackling midfielder Gary Brabin to his squad.

Former Doncaster, Blackpool and Hull midfielder Brabin is currently training with Chester.

Having failed in an attempt to sign Moore earlier in the season, Chester have now had a five-figure bid accepted by Telford for the former Burnley and Everton defender.

Moore will be out of contract at the end of the season at Telford, and Mungall said: "Hopefully he will come and join us.

"He's what we're looking for. He's very experienced and he's a winner."

Mungall and City chairman Stephen Vaughan are also planning talks to try and keep former Manchester United youngster Brown at the Deva.

Mungall said: "He's got a good pedigree.

"He can play up front, or drop a little bit deeper with good vision, and he scores goals."

Gary Brabin is the type of boy you would want in our position
Steve Mungall

Chester are second from bottom of the Conference but have big ambitions.

Mungall is talking to Hardy's agent about bringing the former Wrexham defender in ready for the holiday programme.

The biggest coup could be signing Brabin, who is a free agent after leaving Torquay.

He would be tailor-made for Chester's bid to climb away from trouble if he can persuaded to drop into the Conference.

Mungall said: "He's the type of boy you want in our position.

" I haven't really sat down with Gary yet but I would want him to come as well," said Mungall, who is anxious to add some experienced players to his squad.

"We are still in a cluster of teams so it's not impossible to start climbing the table and I'm hopeful that if we get a few of these boys to come in we can do that," said Mungall.

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