YORK City will reject an ambitious bid for striker Richard Brodie from Blue Square North new boys Gateshead.

Brodie has already been the subject of one enquiry from his home-town club and the International Stadium outfit are in the process of making a second offer.

Gateshead are prepared to shell out a four-figure sum for the 20-year-old frontman and double the amount should they gain promotion to the Blue Square Premier next season.

But City's communications and community director Sophie McGill has confirmed that the KitKat Crescent club would not be entertaining any further interest from the UniBond League premier division play-off winners.

She said: "We received a call from Gateshead enquiring about Richard Brodie, but we stated we were not interested in discussing the matter with them. We view Richard as a player with a lot of potential who we want to continue to develop. He is very much part of York City's plans for the coming season and beyond."

Brodie netted 14 times last season despite only making 25 starts for the Minstermen in his 48 appearances. He arrived at KitKat Crescent in January 2007 after impressing for Newcastle Benfield during an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against the Minstermen.

The 6ft 2in forward then marked his City debut with a goal at Altrincham in February 10 and went on to enjoy 14 outings in his maiden season with 11 coming from the bench.

Brodie's former City team-mates Phil Turnbull and Carl Jones are currently on Gateshead's books although fellow ex-Minstermen Steve Bowey and Paul Brayson, who scored in the 2-0 play-off final win against Buxton, have moved on to Newcastle Blue Star.