David Holdsworth targets Lincoln City move for Wrexham striker Jake Speight
David Holdsworth has made Jake Speight one of his top summer transfer targets after finally striking a deal to remain in charge at Sincil Bank.
The Imps chief has reached an agreement in principle to continue in the hotseat after informal talks with chairman Bob Dorrian and the board on Tuesday night.
Having announced he was delighted to stay, Holdsworth is now pushing on with plans to improve his forward line – and is believed to have earmarked Speight as a target.
The Wrexham forward has scored 21 goals in 41 games for the high-flying Dragons who are bound for the play-offs.
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Holdsworth is understood to have a good relationship with Speight who he signed for Mansfield from Droylsden in May 2009.
He was later sold by the Stags to Bradford for £25,000 although he began his career at Valley Parade with a 12-week jail sentence after being found guilty of assault.
But he has turned his career around impressively since then although City's chances of landing the forward will hinge on next season's budget.
Whatever money is made available, the City chief has made it his priority to improve his forward line, with Crawley's Richard Brodie another contender.
"If we can sign a forward who can score 15 plus goals then you will have a sustained run towards the play-offs," said Holdsworth.
I am embarrassed that we don’t have somebody who has scored more than ten goals,” added Holdsworth.
“That has to be a must if you have got ambition to progress, but they are certainly not easy to find.
“If you look at Fleetwood, they have a full compliment of strikers that have helped the team score 100 goals.
“But their players are on four times as much money as my lads are on.
“However, with a bit of hard work and contacts in the right places you can find those players. And that will be one of my biggest aims for the club this summer.”
Meanwhile, Lincoln are offering discounted coach travel to supporters travelling to Ebbsfleet as a thank you for their backing this season.
In conjunction with the Echo, the club are offering the first 200 fans the chance to travel for just £10 providing they present a voucher in advance.
Those who do not present a voucher, but want to travel will have to pay £19.50.
Fans are reminded the clash, which is the final game of the season, will kick off at the earlier time of 1pm.