Palmer chasing Premiership pair
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hatters boss Carlton Palmer admits he is hoping to wrap up the deals as he seeks to inject some experience into his squad.
At the same time as the impending arrival of the Premiership pair, Palmer also revealed he is no longer pursuing Swansea City full back Michael Howard and Rotherham United midfielder Kevin Watson.
"I made enquiries about the two players but that was as far as it has gone," said Palmer. "I won't be taking it any further.
"But I have agreed fees for two other players from a Premiership club and will be hoping to tie up the deals.
"Nothing is cast in stone but I will be trying to persuade them to come to the club.
"They are both players who are experienced in terms of Premiership appearances and are the sort of players that will fit in with what we are trying to build at this football club."
Meanwhile, there are fears that Stockport skipper Aaron Lescott could be ruled out for the rest of the season after being stretchered off against Grimsby on Tuesday night.
Lescott is undergoing a scan to determine the extent of the injury but Hatters physio Rodger Wylde is pessimistic about the outcome.
"The trouble with injuries like this is that you can't do any tests because it is too painful," he told the club's official website.
"The scan will reveal how serious the injury is and I wouldn't be surprised to see Aaron ruled out for the rest of the season."
Stockport have also completed the signing of teenage Chinese defender Zhang Xiaobin from Shanxi Guoli.
Zhang arrived at Edgeley Park on Wednesday and becomes the youngest Chinese player to join a foreign club after also spending eight weeks on trial with The Hatters last season.
"Zhang Xiaobin is a fabulous talent and this deal is a massive boost for us in both footballing and commercial matters," said Stockport's marketing manager Steve Bellis.
"Having a Chinese player on our books will create massive media interest which, in turn, will enhance our chances of agreeing a major financial deal."