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Lincoln City priced out of signing defensive duo

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 12, 2012

  • Setback: Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth

  • Target: John Dempster

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David Holdsworth's quest to secure urgent defensive reinforcements has suffered a setback after moves for two key targets broke down.

A lack of cash thwarted the Imps boss in a move for Exodus Geohagon, who has signed for Kidderminster, and in-demand centre-back John Dempster.

Holdsworth held extensive talks with the pair, but admitted defeat having been unable to match their wage demands.

After Ashley Westwood left the club last week to try and secure a coaching role at Portsmouth, Lincoln have just two centre-backs on the books.

Holdsworth said the situation is far from ideal, but vowed not to give up the fight.

"The timing of losing Ashley was not great because it's messed about with my preparations," he said.

"I've immediately tried to sort it by talking to Exodus and John, but we are not in a position where we could afford either player.

"I am not one for moaning about it, but they are the kind of centre-backs I am trying to bring to the club.

"They have experience which is what I am looking for but clearly that comes at a price.

"But I am not giving up. I have several meetings lined up with players and hopefully we can sign someone because we are very threadbare on cover."

Lincoln's hierarchy are attempting to aid Holdsworth by giving him ongoing cash advances matching the total received from the Name our Stadium campaign.

This week the club announced it had made £15,000 from the scheme which is raffling off the naming rights to Sincil Bank.

The figure is £10,000 short of the club's budgeted figure of £25,000 and £35,000 short of their dream total of £50,000.

The club are expected to launch a concerted effort to try and push sales of tickets with just two weeks remaining before the competition closes.

Chief executive Steve Prescott said a surge in sales would help Holdsworth’s recruitment drive.

“We are giving David advances, but obviously it is an ongoing process,” he said.

“The more money we receive from Name Our Stadium, the more he receives to help in building the squad.

“I think it just underlines how important these initiatives are.

“The fans have a real chance to play their part, a bit like they did many years ago by raising the money in signing Kevin Austin.

“Undoubtedly we have a solid response so far and we are confident that we can reach our budgeted figure of £25,000 in the last two weeks.

“We have had a lot of pledges and it’s about turning them into real cash.”

Meanwhile, the tribunal to determine how much Lincoln City will pay Gainsborough for defender Andrew Boyce is likely to happen at the end of August.

The two clubs have been unable to thrash out a fee for the defender and an independent panel will now calculate his worth.

Holdsworth, Boyce, Prescott and chairman Bob Dorrian will all be expected to attend.

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  • Sweepclean  |  July 21 2012, 12:10PM

    It says on the Football Web Pages Site Under Ipswich Town in one of the comments below that Watford sold Loach for £150,000 So what will City be likely to receive is it 15% or 20% ?

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  • mattyimp80  |  July 19 2012, 12:52AM

    If the figures below are correct and the transfers do go through I hope a large proportion of the money is added to DH wage budget. I doubt such money would have been budgeted for in the year financial forecasts.

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  • Lincoln_Lad1  |  July 18 2012, 9:31PM

    Lincoln stand to make 15% of any profit over and above the original fee paid for Loach by Watford. They also stand to make 20% of any profit involving a possible sale of Carayol by Briatol Rovers. Middlesbrough are rumoured to be interested in him. With the figures being banded about it could be as much as £90k and £150k from both transfers if they happen at the suggested prices! That would go down very nicely! If they happen....

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  • OldLincolnia  |  July 18 2012, 2:08PM

    Yes marineboy49 - black shorts are almost pre-War and have a real amateur look, and if the socks are red and white hoops its fully retro. Red shorts and probably red socks, although white always give a more athletic effect. Even if the team doesn't play well, they need to look professional and remember what year this is. Stop being parochial and living in a time warp. Any want a brown leather ball?

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  • bbh11  |  July 17 2012, 9:48PM

    According to sky sports, Watford and Ipswich have agreed a deal for Scott Loach move with medical in next 24 hours. No fee was mentioned on the statement, but aren't Lincoln in for a cut of any transfer fee, should deal be finalised ?

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  • wragbyred3  |  July 17 2012, 11:56AM

    Re the home kit - that's much like it, a modern version of the proper strip. Lets hope the new away strip shows the same improvement. All we need then is a team worthy of wearing it !

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  • marineboy49  |  July 17 2012, 11:24AM

    Think red or white shorts would look far better than black.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  July 17 2012, 10:09AM

    The retro shirt looks good. Not the same material of course as it was in 1956, but its a good effort. My dad says we never had white stripes on the old black shorts, but hey ho. There are photos about they could have copied. Look forward to a circa 2013 shirt.

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  • Resurrection  |  July 16 2012, 8:27PM

    Loving the new home shirt. Club have got this spot on. Can't have any complaints, Well done! http://tinyurl.com/bv8dxx2

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  • bbh11  |  July 16 2012, 6:06PM

    Wragbyred3 Thanks for the extra info.

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