THE price put Accrington Stanley off Stevenage striker Anthony Elding who joined Kettering this week.
Manager John Coleman enquired about the 23-year-old but admitted: "We felt we wouldn't be paying that type of money with him having such a short span on his contract left.
"They (Stevenage) weren't interested in letting him come out on loan to us because they felt we are one of the chief threats to them winning the league."
A number of other clubs were chasing the wantway hitman, including Barnet, but in the end he signed for the Conference North outfit. The package for Elding could net Stevenage £40,000. He scored 50 goals in 100 starts for the Broadhall Way side.
Meanwhile, ex-Red Rory Prendergast has turned down the chance of a permanent move to Halifax following a loan spell and has returned to League One side Blackpool.
Elsewhere, title challengers Exeter have signed Leyton Orient winger Wayne Carlisle, 26, while ex-Orient defender, Christian Hanson, has moved to Grays.
Morecambe have opted for 37-year-old striker Stuart Barlow from Bury. Liverpudlian Barlow has an impressive CV which includes Everton, Wigan, Oldham and Stockport.
- FORMER Red Matty O'Neill has signed for UniBond side Radcliffe Borough. The Accrington-born player cancelled his contract by mutual consent last week.
Boro manager Kevin Glendon said: "He is only 21 and I am sure Matty will prove to be an excellent signing. He has an excellent attitude and the right manner and is willing to learn.
"He now needs to settle down and play regular first team football and prove to himself and others he can progress further on the football ladder from Radcliffe Borough as others have done in the past."