Date: 26th June 2017 at 10:04pm
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Scunthorpe United have launched an audacious swoop for Lincoln City midfield star Alex Woodyard and are ready to pay the former Southend ace big money to entice him to Glanford Park.

Woodyard, 24, who enjoyed a stellar season with the Imps as they won the National League, sweeping the end-of-season Player of the Year awards as well as being named the National League’s star man, has found himself in high demand this summer, with Championship clubs Aston Villa and Bolton leading a plethora of clubs chasing his signature.

But it is understood that the Imps’ county rivals Scunthorpe are prepared to break the bank to lure the Gravesend-born schemer up the A15, which has prompted City boss Danny Cowley to offer the England ‘C’ international a new-and-improved contract to try and fend off interest from the Iron, while teammate Sean Raggett is also mulling over the offer of a better, longer term deal as his future also remains unclear, with several Premier League and Championship clubs still interested in the defender.

It is unclear how much Scunthorpe are prepared to pay Lincoln to get Woodyard, but they are willing to go for broke when it comes to the player’s wages, hoping the prospect of big money will be enough to break Woodyard’s connection to the Cowleys, who he also served under at Concord at Braintree.