Alexander laments Ellison woe
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Stockport County player has been on loan with The Imps since March, but Alexander thinks two other clubs are interested in Ellison - who will be out of contract with The Hatters in the summer.
The Sincil Bank side are keen to keep Ellison as a long-term replacement for Paul Mayo, who joined First Division side Watford in a £105,000 move in March.
Alexander admits wanting to sign Ellison on a permanent basis, but knows Lincoln cannot afford to match the earnings the winger could receive from other sides in the summer.
"Kevin has been excellent for us since he arrived and I would love to have him here," Alexander told the Lincolnshire Echo.
"But there are two other clubs sniffing around him and I'm not surprised by that.
"People know they could land him on a free transfer. My concern is the fact his current wages are a million miles away from what we could offer him.
"We will have to see what happens at the end of his loan period. It also depends which division we are in."
Having expressed a desire to sign Ellison, Alexander has ruled out a move for Notts County defender Ian Baraclough.
Baraclough is set to end his time at Meadow Lane after Magpies boss Gary Mills told him he was surplus to requirements for next season, but Alexander has ruled out any return of the former Imps player to Sincil Bank.
"I know he was a good player, but I haven't seen him play recently, so I couldn't say whether he is any good now or not," added the Imps boss.
Meanwhile, Stockport have picked four youth team players in their 22-man squad for their end-of-season tour of China.
Sammy McIlroy's side will depart for the Far East on Sunday following their last match of the season against Barnsley the day before.