Lincoln City confirm rejecting bid for Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers target Alex Woodyard

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

The midfielder was pivotal in the Imps' excellent campaign.

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

Lincoln City’s excellent season has attracted suitors. The Imps won the National League to win promotion back to the Football League and made it to the FA Cup quarter finals.

Several of their players have therefore caught the eye, including midfielder Alex Woodyard. HITC Sport reported earlier this week that Aston Villa and recently promoted Bolton Wanderers are interested in signing the player this summer. Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town are also keen.

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

But despite the interest from Aston Villa and Bolton the Sincil Bank club remain optimistic of keeping the 24-year-old.

Lincoln’s managing director Kevin Cooke is quoted by Lincolnshire Live as confirming a bid was made recently for the player, but it was well short of their valuation and was duly rejected:

“We got one bid a few weeks ago but we turned it down.

"I think it was just a speculative one to be honest and there's been nothing since."

Burnley's Joey Barton clashes with Lincoln's Alex Woodyard as George Boyd looks onBurnley's Joey Barton clashes with Lincoln's Alex Woodyard as George Boyd looks on

He did not comment on whether the bid came from Aston Villa, Bolton or any other interested party but one thing that is clear from Lincoln’s end it is that they will not be bullied into selling their star players.

The Imps want to have an impact in League Two next term, and having their key men present is vital to that cause.

Aston Villa and Bolton will have to pay up if they want the all-action midfielder at their respective club next season.

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