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Macclesfield Town have turned down a £50,000 offer from Cheshire rivals Chester City for striker Jon Parkin.

Chester boss Keith Curle had made the former Barnsley and York City hit-man a January transfer target, who has scored eight times since his return from a knee injury.

Despite the cloud of a £300,000 fine hanging over the Moss Rose club, Silkmen chairman Rob Bickerton insisted the tall goalscorer is not for sale.

"A bid was made and it's been rejected," Bickerton said.

His counterpart in Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan believes the offer they made for Parkin was more than a fair valuation.

"We're not bullying them, but if they can get a better offer than that, good luck to them," Vaughan said.

With Macc rejecting Chester's offer for Parkin, Curle will likely turn his attentions to other targets.

Peterborough United centre back Sagi Burton has been mentioned with a move to The Saunders Honda Stadium, with a swap deal involving Chester defender Phil Bolland having been mooted.

Bolland, however, is thought to have not wanted a switch to London Road.

Chester's search for new faces has prompted Curle to hand a trial to Doncaster Rovers midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso.

The former Morecambe player has been on loan at Nationwide Conference club Southport since November, but Chester have handed him the opportunity to impress the League Two outfit.

Curle is also running the rule over Luxembourg international goalkeeper Stephane Gillet.

Gillet has appeared in two World Cup qualifying matches for the European minnows, as The Blues look to add a goalkeeper to their ranks this month.