Winger Adam Smith on verge of signing for Lincoln City
David Holdsworth is close to landing one of his top transfer targets by swooping for the highly-rated Adam Smith.
The Echo understands the Imps chief is on the verge of agreeing a deal for the winger who is currently a free agent after leaving Mansfield Town.
The Echo revealed last month how Holdsworth was keen to land the 27-year-old, but said he would have to take a pay cut if he was to join the club.
But after extensive talks with the Huddersfield-born wideman, who spent a month on loan at Lincoln in 2008, it appears his charm offensive has finally paid off.
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Barring any last minute U-turns, the Echo believes a deal could even be agreed today which would represent a considerable coup.
A number of clubs from the south had shown interest in Smith, but his desire to stay in the north of the country meant they were ruled out.
The fact Holdsworth and Smith have worked together before has also been a significant factor in negotiations.
Under Holdsworth's tutelage, Smith became one of non-league's most exciting wingers and in 43 appearances for Mansfield he scored eight goals.
However, Stags boss Paul Cox, whose side lost out in the play-offs, wants to rebuild his squad and Smith was one of the casualties.
Should he arrive at Lincoln, Sincil Bank will be familiar to him after playing four games on loan at the Imps four years ago.
Then-Imps boss Peter Jackson signed him on loan from Chesterfield and he made an instant impact on his debut setting up a goal in a 2-0 win against Rochdale.
Smith has enjoyed spells at Gainsborough Trinity and York, the latter paying £5,000 for his services in 2009.
Should Smith put pen to paper he will become the club's sixth signing of what has been a promising summer of recruitment so far.
Holdsworth has already moved for goalkeeper Paul Farman, defenders Ashley Westwood and Andrew Boyce, midfielder Gary Mills and striker Rob Duffy.
Meanwhile, Lincoln City will hold a fans' forum tonight with Holdsworth and two Imps players on hand to answer questions from supporters.
The event, which is being held at the club's Trust Suite, will begin at 8.30pm. Admission is free.
It follows the Supporters' Trust AGM which is only open to members.