Date: 17th August 2007 at 2:20pm
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The Silkmen have expressed an interest in chester City central defender Ashley Westwood, according to chairman Stephen Vaughan.

The 30 year old former Manchester United trainee helped Swindon to promotion into League One last season in a loan spell.

Westwood left Old Trafford in 1995 in a £40,000 move to Crewe, then in the League One, and played 44 League games to help them to a play-off promotion in his first full season.

He made a total of 125 appearances for the Railwaymen in his three years at the club before moving to Bradford City in 1998 for a tribunal-set fee of £150,000 and helping them to promotion to the Premier League. He made a handful of apperances in the top flight and even the Intertoto Cup, but moved on loan to Sheffield Wednesday in 2000.

Sheffield Wednesday made the deal permanent for £150,000 after just a month of the loan and he became a regular in the side in the Championship.

In 2003, after almost 100 matches for Wednesday he moved to our level with promotion hopefuls Northampton Town. But his time at the club was hit by injury, but he was still involved as they reached the 2004 play-offs in his first season. The next season also saw injury problems limiting his appearances but he assisted them in their run to the play-offs for a second season running.

He moved to Chester in the summer of 2006 and was a regular for them before moving on loan to Swindon for the final nine games of the campaign where they sealed third place.

The player had been transfer listed at his own request after recent talks with the Chester manager.