Bernard Morley admits Chester must now prioritise their search for a striker after their lack of firepower was exposed in a 1-0 defeat against League Two side Bury, report The Chester Standard.

The Blues, who sold striker Jordan Archer to Bury just 10 days ago for an undisclosed fee, lacked a cutting edge in their defeat to Ryan Lowe’s Shakers, Swiss forward Gold Omotayo’s second-half strike separating the two sides.

Hopes of securing a deal for a National League striker who has previously worked with management duo Morley and Anthony Johnson have suffered a blow in the past 48 hours, while an agreement with trialist forward Deane Smalley is yet to be reached.

Morley said: “There’s alarm bells there, but are we concerned? Not yet. We are still leaning to two weeks’ time to Spennymoor, and if that’s still the case, come two weeks’ time, there will be massive alarm bells, but it is something to work on in training, something for the scouts to get out and get us that centre forward.

“There’s hundreds of teams that want a centre forward who scores 30 goals, but they’re just not there. What we want to do is make sure that the profile of player we bring to this football club the right player. We’ve only Deane (Smalley, trialist) at the moment and we need to add to that.”

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