TOWN boss Peter Jackson has confirmed he is deep into talks with midfield target Chris Brandon.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at new Coca-Cola League I rivals Chesterfield, who claim on their official website that a deal has been agreed.
Jackson insists that is not yet the case, but confirmed that Brandon was at the McAlpine yesterday and that negotiations will continue over the weekend as he tries to complete a first signing of the close-season.
While Town are also being strongly linked with striker Junior Mendes, who played against them for Mansfield in last month's Division III play-off final, Brandon is the man in the spotlight at the moment.
"I watched Chris several times last season, and he's the kind of attacking player I'd like to bring in here," said Jackson, whose side play Chesterfield in their first home match of the new season, on Tuesday, August 10.
"He can operate anywhere on the right side of the pitch - a bit like Tony Carss on the left.
"That makes him versatile as well as skilful, and he will provide extra options.
"I felt when Danny Schofield was missing last season we lacked back-up, and Chris would go a long way to solving that."
Born in Bradford, Brandon started out in non-League football with home-city club Park Avenue, whom Town play in a friendly at the Horsfall Stadium on Wednesday, July 21 (7.30).
Torquay gave him his big break into League football in 1999, and he spent three seasons at Plainmoor before a switch to Chesterfield, where he has scored 16 times in 88 games.