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Kevin Nolan reveals Jon Stead was subject of American bid

Joe Jones

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has revealed that Jon Stead was in fact the subject of a bid from the United States, but was not willing to let his top scorer go.

There were rumours going round in January that the striker was on the radar of an American club, but ultimately he stayed put at Meadow Lane.

Stead scored his 11th goal of the season against Cheltenham Town on Saturday, which proved crucial as the final result was 2-1 and helped the Magpies create some distance between them and the bottom two.

Nolan told the Nottingham Post: "He's had a great opportunity to go and play across the water and it would have been life changing for him and his family. But I just told him that I could not let my top scorer go.

"I brought people in who can work with him, but nobody who could replace him. He's been first class since I came in and I just thought it looked like a different Jon Stead.

"There's been a lot of speculation but we finally put that to bed earlier this week. He has been fantastic since I came in so I am delighted for him."

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Fingers crossed we can get back the Jon Stead pre injury, he honestly didn't impress me yesterday - yet compared to recent weeks he did do a lot more.

I couldn't picture him playing in the states, even League Two is slacker than the MLS.

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