Aston Villa and Bolton eye Woodyard

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Lincoln's Alex Woodyard

HITC Sport understands Aston Villa are among a number of clubs tracking Lincoln City star.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Lincoln's Alex WoodyardArsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Lincoln's Alex Woodyard

A number of Championship and League One clubs are weighing up a move for Lincoln City midfielder Alex Woodyard, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Woodyard has been a standout performer for Lincoln this season excelling in their run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and also playing an instrumental role in the National league title success.

Woodyard is widely regarded as one of the best young players outside the Football League and as well as sweeping the board at Lincoln's end of season awards he was also National League Player of the Year, just 12 months after winning the Young Player of the Year prize.

The all-action midfielder made a staggering 52 appearances in all competitions for Lincoln this season and his dynamic performances have brought him to the attention of clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Ipswich's Cole Skuse in action with Lincoln's Alex WoodyardIpswich's Cole Skuse in action with Lincoln's Alex Woodyard

Aston Villa have been keeping tabs on Woodyard as they look to rebuild their squad after a disappointing campaign this term, while newly-promoted Bolton are keen to add him to their squad as they prepare for life back in the Championship.

League One duo Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town are also weighing up moves for Woodyard as they feel the former Charlton youngster would be a valuable addition to their squads for next season.

Lincoln are hoping to keep hold of Woodyard as they plan for life back in the Football League, but they are bracing themselves for interest in the midfielder when the transfer window opens this summer.

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