Chester FC are liaising with the FA to try and find a swift resolution to the James Alabi transfer saga after it was revealed the striker was set to sign for Ebbsfleet United, despite the Blues not yet receiving a penny from Tranmere Rovers.

Alabi, Chester’s leading scorer last season with 17 goals, turned down a new deal at the Swansway Chester Stadium in the summer but rejected that offer in favour of a switch to National League rivals Tranmere. It’s getting on for six months since Alabi signed at Prenton Park in a move that has not worked out for the 23-year-old former Ipswich Town and Stoke City man.

Nine appearances and no goals for Micky Mellon’s side saw him shipped out on loan to Dover Athletic in October, where he netted one goal in 10 games. But it now seems as if he is on the move again, with Ebbsfleet United set to seal a permanent deal for Alabi in the coming days.

Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon told Kent Online: “He’s the right sort of profile for us so hopefully James will come in and rediscover the form he had last year at Chester and even get better than he has been. I think he’s a real talent.”

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