Stockport look set to sign striker Kevin Ellison after Chester owner Stephen Vaughan confirmed they 'will not stand in his way' should he want to leave.
The 29-year-old was City's top scorer last season with 11 goals and also attracted interest from Wrexham and Darlington.
The Hatters' latest offer is believed to be in the region of £35,000 but is well below what Chester paid Tranmere for the left-winger in the summer of 2007.
"We've had an offer from Stockport County for Kevin Ellison and, as we've said on previous occasions, we never stand in a player's way if they can move to a club in a higher division," Chester owner Stephen Vaughan told the Chester Chronicle.
Vaughan also revealed the club are hoping to re-sign former striker Ryan Lowe from Crewe.
"Ryan Lowe is a target for Chester City.
"We're interested in signing him, but he's got to sort out a settlement with Crewe before anything can happen."