McAuley move falls through
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gareth McAuley's collapsed move to Crewe may have a knock-on effect for Lincoln.
Gareth McAuley's collapsed move to Crewe may have a knock-on effect for Lincoln City.
The Northern Ireland defender was ready to set the seal on a £150,000 switch to Gresty Road, but that move has now hit the skids after he failed to agree personal terms.
But his agent, Mel Eves, revealed to Sky Sports that despite the breakdown in negotiations, McAuley still has a number of options available to him and the move to Crewe might still be resurrected.
"Crewe did make a bid but it's not gone any further than that," he confirmed. "It might change - I still wouldn't rule it out completely," he told skysports.com.
"But at the moment he's not going anywhere. There's still interest from Leicester and a few other clubs but all his options are currently open.
"He's quite happy to stay with Lincoln until the end of the season and then maybe either sign a new contract or perhaps move on then."
The Leicester City board have recently handed manager Craig Levein a bumper transfer kitty, although it is believed that his priority lies in adding a proven goalscorer to his misfiring squad.
Should The Foxes find that they are left with a cash surplus, however, Levein may well move for the 26-year-old, with local reports suggesting that he may even arrive at The Walkers Stadium within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether or not Lincoln will continue with their pursuit of Macclesfield striker Jon Parkin in light of the developments regarding McAuley's move.
The Imps were prepared to up the ante in a bid to lure the highly-rated front man to Sincil Bank after having an initial bid rejected by the Silkmen board, with recently re-instated manager Keith Alexander reaffirming his interest.
"We're certainly going to be going back and having a look to see what Macclesfield are after," he told the Lincolnshire Echo.
"We're going to make another bid, but we've got to look at the finances and see what we can afford.
"However, we will definitely speak to his people."