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Chase for Novak hots up.

THE biggest transfer in the history of North East non-league football is likely to be concluded this week as the race to sign prolific Gateshead striker Lee Novak hots up.

The scouts were out in force again when Gateshead beat Solihull Moors on Saturday and they will be back at the International Stadium tomorrow night when the Tynesiders host Workington.

Coca-Cola League One promotion chasers Scunthorpe United have already upped their bid to pounds 90,000, and at least one other club is expected to table a bid before the transfer window closes on Monday.

"There's every chance Lee will sign for a Football League club," said Gateshead boss Ian Bogie, "but he's going nowhere until the end of the season."

Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins said: "Our scout, Lee Turnbull, has unearthed another gem for us in Lee Novak who we have watched for some time.

"He is a young, hungry player who is scoring goals and we believe he has a future in the game - and we would like to help him develop that here at Scunthorpe United."

"He ticks all the boxes, but we are not going to pay out money beyond which we think he is worth."

Huddersfield Town boss Lee Clark has personally run the rule over Novak, who has scored 17 goals in 19 games since he joined Gateshead from Newcastle Blue Star in S eptember.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jan 27, 2009
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