CHESTER CHASE ARTELL
Midfield pair set to become Curle's newest recruits
Jun 14 2005
By Neil Turner, Daily Post
CHESTER CITY manager Keith Curle will increase his playing squad further today when he completes the signings of midfielders Craig Dove and Justin Walker.
Chester have increased thier offer for the Mansfield Town central defender David Artell, and are also due to have discussions with the former Yeovil Town and Cambridge United midfield player Abdul El Kholti.
Curle is hopeful of receiving positive responses from both players, in the case of Artell Mansfield initially have to accept City's bid.
LARKIN GOES AND FUTURE OF PILKINGTON UNCLEAR
ARCH-RIVALS Chesterfield snapped up Stags striker Colin Larkin this week - beating off stiff competition from a host of other interested clubs.
Last season's top scorer at Field Mill with 11 goals, the pint-sized 23-year-old was told he did not feature in manager Carlton Palmer's future plans towards the end of last season.
He has signed a two-year deal with the Spireites, which means he will face the challenge of playing a division higher next season against the likes of Nottingham Forest and Gillingham.
Chesterfield boss Roy McFarland saw off other clubs keen to capture Larkin's signiture, including League Two outfit Darlington.
Last week, reports suggested the Dundalk-born striker was close to a deal with the North East club, but it appears the taste of League One football next season proved too good an offer to turn down.
Meanwhile, Stags goalkeeper and club captain Kevin Pilkington was reported to be talking to Colin Hendry's Blackpool last week, although Palmer is confident he will be staying at Field Mill.
Pilkington had previously rejected a new contract offer, which would have involved a pay cut, but the Stags manager believed a deal would be struck between the player and the club.
"I have spoken to Kevin and we are almost there," he said. "I am 95 per cent sure he will be signing.
"It is just about money, he wants the best for himself and his family and that is understandable."
Blackpool are said to be just one of several clubs interested in the former Manchester United stopper.
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