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Lincoln City seek replacement for striker Sam Smith

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

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David Holdsworth is waiting to discover how much he will get to replace Sam Smith after Lincoln City agreed to sell the striker to Cambridge.

The Imps boss yesterday finally relented in his bid to keep hold of the forward having rejected two bids from the Us for last season's top scorer.

The deal is believed to be worth around £25,000 for the 22-year-old, who scored seven goals last term.

Holdsworth was said to be dismayed at losing the former Rushden man, who only signed a year's extension to his current deal in the summer.

Holdsworth is now urgently seeking a replacement but in a significant twist, Lincoln are set to receive a five-figure sum after former Imp Mustapha Carayol moved to Middlesbrough last night.

The Imps had a sell-on clause inserted into the deal which took the winger to Bristol Rovers last summer.

That money could be used to sign a replacement for Smith.

Lincoln had identified Damian Reeves as a back-up but the striker who was also courted by Gainsborough, opted to stay with Altrincham.

One possible short-term solution could be Vadaine Oliver, the young striker who impressed as a second half substitute in the defeat to Grimsby in the Lincs Senior Cup.

Nevertheless, Oliver has certainly made an impression on the City chief and the forward is expected to play some part in this weekend's friendly against Leicester.

"I thought he acquitted himself very well against Grimsby," he said.

"He put in some telling challenges.

"He is somebody we will certainly have another look at."

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  • franky68  |  August 09 2012, 10:13PM

    Plumbob 70- He did keep us up, more than Tilson and Brush, who could'nt get a point from eleven games. And he did it more or less on his own, he did have alot of support from real friends, and they did it for City & the supporters. Tilson & Brush really took the club for a ride and knowing we did'nt have alot of money got paid off, which I think was disgusting, and I'm sure they were'nt on peanuts. come on boys

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  • franky68  |  August 09 2012, 9:55PM

    Alex9999-I don't care about what Southport do, just give DH a chance he did more than Tilson did, who could'nt even get a point from eleven games to keep us up, and then won't leave and waits to be sacked to get paid off, and nearly destroy City. DH had the guts to come in and kept us up, revolving door or not, and he did bring in some decent players to keep us up,and look at what he had to sift through to get rid of or to keep the right players which he did right, and those players did a good job for me on a low wage, they took a chance for him, but also for the club and supporters, no matter how good or bad they were in the games. I think he will do really well, and hope he is successful, he deserves it. Come on boys

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  • snoddybag  |  August 09 2012, 8:34AM

    ozzyyy I am far from happy. I have never been so pigging unhappy with the current state of the club. All I am saying is until a large sum of cash is injected into Lincoln City Fc we are stuck with what we have. I certainly do not think things are OK and I fear the worst. People say cash is not everything. I say cash is everything in the world of football. Where do you think Man U, Chelsea and the like would be without the cash they have had injected into there clubs. Cash buys the best there is. I aspire to better than non league football. Having said that I will go and buy my lottery tickets this Friday hoping to win the millions that I need to take over Sincil Bank. I have a dream.

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  • ozzyyy  |  August 09 2012, 1:00AM

    SNODDYBAG you seem to carry on and knock anyone who dares come on here and questions the board u say PUT up if not shut up If only i had the money mate Can you sit there and say your happy with the current state lincoln city are in because the why you reply to most comments on here you seem to think everything is OK ? IS everything ok because in your Eyes they are????????

  • llakame  |  August 08 2012, 10:55PM

    I agree with nigelsparky, he wasn't that good, spent a lot of time on the floor and if he lost the ball, didn't try very hard to get it back, just looking around at everybody in the stands for a bit of support.. Soooooooooo, you had your chance, threw it back in our excellent managers face. Thankyou Danny, goodbye and we had a lucky escape with you mate.

  • bbh11  |  August 08 2012, 9:25PM

    Does anyone know the situation with Alan Power's injury. I.e. what it is ? time out etc.?

  • bbh11  |  August 08 2012, 5:06PM

    by tombstone888 Yes, according to Leicester reports Lincoln did lose 5-0 at their training ground on Saturday.

  • nigelsparky  |  August 08 2012, 1:52PM

    Alex hmmmmmm Danny Lloyd? I saw him quite a lot last season, and have to say, well are we talking about the same Danny Lloyd?. All I saw was a player, who yes was fairly quick, but was easily manoeuvred of the ball by the opposition, yes he ran at the defenders, however he constantly had his head down and was not aware of what was going on around him, had no end product, and couldn't shoot! Hence he is now back at Colwyn Bay.

  • Alex9999  |  August 08 2012, 1:27PM

    Plumbob/Matty - I just don't have any confidence in the man. Plumbob you raise a few valid points but we all saw the revolving door during the transfer window, the constant tinkering, the heavy defeats (I was at Stockport, yikes). Hence the protest happening, people weren't happy (although the protest was pathetic and just consisted of idiots f'ing & jeffing outside the centre spot). I've not seen a game where we have played nice football and been given real hope that we could progress. For me the one positive out of last season was discovering Danny Lloyd, who we've let go?! I don't buy into this 'we're lucky to have him' & 'he saved us last season' stuff - if you want a lesson in running a club on nothing look at Southport. Tiny club, unheard of manager, players yet they almost made the play offs. It is possible to have success on a shoestring at this level and we need to realise this & not be satisfied with a manager like Holdsworth

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  • tombstone888  |  August 08 2012, 12:44PM

    Is it true City played Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium behind closed doors and lost five nil,only just got back off hols.