Deadline Day: The Speculation

Last updated : 31 January 2007 By Richard Brown

Before the January transfer window slams shut on clubs up and down the country, Lincoln MAD have decided to savour the last few hours of pointless speculation by reviewing any likely, eleventh-hour deals that could yet materialise over the next 24 hours.

Despite the club insisting that their January dealings were at an end, the Imps could still make one last-ditch attempt, one way or another, to shuffle their pack ahead of tonight's deadline.

Having already recruited Aston Villa's Paul Green (free), as well as strikers Dany N'Guessan (free) and Spencer Weir Daley (loan) during the transfer window, City are said to be satisfied with their mid-season haul.

Nevertheless, rumours circulating on internet messageboards are constantly linking players with moves in, and even out of Sincil Bank.

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The most likely of all rumours surrounds defender Nicky Eaden, who's already spent time on loan here during the first-half of the season, appearing seventeen appearances during this time.

The former Premiership man with Barnsley and, later, Birmingham has failed to salvage his career with League One Nottingham Forest, with the veteran now believed to be on his way out of the club.

Just six days ago, Eaden was reported to be negotiating a release from his City Ground contract, in hope of moving away from the club.

City would represent an attractive option for Eaden, 34, although the small matter of money could come into play, with Forest known for paying generous wages to their playing staff.

A slightly more hopeful, albeit farfetched whisper, suggests City may yet bid for Hull City striker, Michael Bridges.

The Imps are believed to have had an initial loan-bid for the former Leeds man turned down, having played just 29 minutes of first-team football for the Tigers in the last month.

The rumour could, however, carry added spice should whispers of Hull's interest in City's Jeff Hughes, with a part-exchange deal every bit possible, should such talk materialise.

The signing of Bridges – impressive as it would be – does seem somewhat unlikely, especially given the fact that Bridges has few links here at Sincil Bank.

Elsewhere, any interest in Pakistani trialist Adnan Ahmed seems to have petered out into nothingness, with the midfielder returning to his permanent employers, Huddersfield Town.

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