Lincoln City are closing in on a double swoop, raiding Premier League newcomers West Brom, according to Alan Nixon.
The Imps’ manager Michael Appleton has previously worked as the Under 23 boss at West Brom and it is believed that his strong links with the club could help secure the services of both keeper Alex Palmer, and striker Callum Morton.
The Imps are currently looking forward to Appleton’s first full season in charge and at present, they have only secured one loan deal, for Spurs man Timothy ‘TJ’ Eyoma. There have been hints that they are close to securing a double loan swoop in local media, with Morton and Palmer the two Nixon feels may appear at the LNER Stadium.
20-year-old Morton enjoyed a successful spell on loan with Northampton Town in the second half of last season, scoring eight goals in just 12 appearances, including three in their successful play-off campaign. He has previously had senior experience on loan with Braintree Town, scoring five times in 14 matches, and was described by Slaven Bilic as a ‘man of steel‘ following his loan spell.
Palmer also enjoyed promotion from League Two last season, he played on loan with Plymouth Argyle, where he racked up more clean sheets than any stopper at that level. He’s previously had short emergency loan deals with Notts County and Oldham, as well as two stints with Kidderminster, and is now 24-years-old meaning he needs to keep playing regular matches.
Lincoln face Salford City this afternoon in their first pre-season game of the 20/21 campaign.
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Some Lincoln fans have been apprehensive about the future after much of their League Two title-winning squad was broken up, but the summer has been kind to them. Signings such as Liam Bridcutt and Adam Jackson have given fans belief they’ll have a solid core to the side, meaning they now need to sprinkle young loan talent over their current roster.
Palmer is no young starlet, at 24 he is a proven stopper at this level and the same age as the Imps’ first choice of the last two years, Josh Vickers. as for Morton, he sprang to the nation’s attention when he starred for Northampton in the play-offs and seems a strong acquisition for the Imps if it comes off.