Interest in ace Jolley intensifies
NEWPORT County AFC face further competition for the signing of Christian Jolley with the news that promotion rivals Wrexham have joined the race for his signature.
The in-demand AFC Wimbledon forward has failed to feature in the past two games for the Dons and boss Neal Ardley is ready to cash in on the hotshot. Forest Green Rovers and Luton Town have had bids in the region of £25,000 accepted, although the Hatters have since withdrawn their interest.
County are also keen on Jolley after his impressive loan spell at Rodney Parade before Christmas, when he scored five goals in four games before being recalled.
Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh is believed to have offered £15,000 but is reluctant to pay any more for a player who would be available on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires.
Now Wrex-ham have enquired about the 24-year-old, with Dartford also expressing an interest, and it seems the race to sign Jolley will go on until the transfer window closes.
Edinburgh and director of football Tim Harris are still in negotiations with Forest Green Rovers to bring defender Chris Todd back to the club but are no closer to agreeing a deal for another player whose contract is up at the end of the season.
The chances of striker Michael Smith extending his loan spell from Charlton Athletic in time to feature for County at Lincoln City on Saturday also appear to be receding.
Smith returned to Charlton on Monday for discussions with manager Chris Powell, although County have been in dialogue with the Championship side.
The good news for Edinburgh is that centre-back Ismail Yakubu should be fit to face the Imps and captain David Pipe and striker Danny Crow should also be available.