Halford price grates Gradi
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dario Gradi has been frustrated by Colchester star Greg Halford's asking price.Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi has revealed his frustration at being priced out of a move for Colchester starlet Greg Halford.
The versatile youngster has emerged as one of league football's most sought-after prospects, and Gradi has conceded that Championship outfit Crewe will not be able to get anywhere near his asking price.
Manchester United and Tottenham have been widely reported to be preparing bids for the U's star, but Gradi also threw in the name of Premiership champions Chelsea as he lamented his inability to challenge for Halford's signature.
The Alex boss continues to scour the lower reaches of the football league to boost his squad for the new year.
"There probably is someone in the bottom two divisions who would make a difference," Gradi told The Sentinel.
"We went to watch Halford at Colchester on Saturday, but I'm questioning why because he is interesting Manchester United and Chelsea and people like that.
"So we're not going to buy him for £100,000 are we?"
Crewe are reportedly tracking a Cyprus based stopper and a Northern Ireland based forward, whilst Carling Cup opponents Lincoln have come under special consideration from Gradi.
Whilst ridiculing Shrewsbury's asking price for teenage keeper Joe Hart, Gradi revealed he was keen on an Imps star - with defender Lee Beevers reportedly the man in question.
"We've got to find players we can pick up for £100,000 or so because then we can probably give them a rise in their wages," Gradi continued.
"They say that Shrewsbury want £1 million for their keeper, but I wouldn't give anything for him.
"However we've watched Lincoln since we played them in the Cup and we're still looking at one there, so we really are looking for players."