Gradi won't wait for McAuley
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Crewe boss Dario Gradi is losing patience in his pursuit of Lincoln's Gareth McAuley.Crewe manager Dario Gradi is losing patience in his pursuit of Lincoln City defender Gareth McAuley.
McAuley will be out of contract with The Imps in the summer and Gradi is keen to take him to Gresty Road, but says he will pull the plug on the deal if he does not speak to the player on Tuesday.
The Alex boss is becoming frustrated with the Northern Ireland international's agent, Mel Eves, who he believes is trying to scupper the deal.
"Lincoln are saying that McAuley has turned us down due to personal terms, but I haven't spoken to him yet," said Gradi.
"The last thing he said to me was that he was going to come and have a look around on Monday or Tuesday, so the ball is very much in his court.
"If he wants to come here for footballing reasons then that is great. If he doesn't, then it's up to him. We don't want players here who have a doubt about joining. Everyone knows the sort of wages we will pay.
"I spoke to an agent during the week who said he wouldn't want to sell anyone to Crewe because we try not to pay the agent fees.
"If they do the work then we could, but in McAuley's case I don't think he has done anything apart from taking a few phone calls to the client.
"There is no reason why we should pay him a fee, so if he hasn't come to see us by Tuesday then I doubt we will proceed any further."