LINCOLN SNIFFING AROUND
City duo check out Mansfield talent
Lincs Echo, 03 April 2008
LINCOLN CITY could raid crisis club Mansfield for their top talent this summer as their plan for next season's promotion assault gathers pace.
Assistant boss Iffy Onuora and chairman Steff Wright were both at Field Mill on Tuesday night to watch several Stags players during their 2-1 win over bottom club Wrexham.
Top scorer Michael Boulding (pictured, far right) is believed to have been the main focus of their scouting mission with the forward having scored an impressive 21 goals this season.
But the Echo understands highly-rated defender Alex John-Baptiste (right) and former Stockport winger Matt Hamshaw (left) have also moved onto City's radar.
Any move for the trio would certainly be helped by Mansfield's relegation from League Two, a scenario that does look likely given they are still four points from safety.
Wright remained tight-lipped when it came to discussing any potential targets, but did confess to being at Field Mill.
"Despite Mansfield sitting in the position they are in, they do have some very good players, which was proven when they played us" said Wright.
"But if they do get relegated then some of them will understandably not want to play in the Blue Square Premier and a lot of teams, not just us, will be aware of that situation.
"But given they are virtually on our doorstep, I think it would be very foolish not to monitor them and to see how they are getting on.
"But I have to stress the trip wasn't just about looking at players, we also play Wrexham for our final game of the season, and it gave Iffy the chance to assess them."
A possible raid on Mansfield would only form part of what is expected to be a summer of rebuilding by manager Peter Jackson following a disappointing season.
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