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."