Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton has revealed that he is keen to secure the services of two West Brom players on a temporary basis next season.
Alex Palmer spent last term on loan with Plymouth Argyle, keeping the most clean sheets in League Two. He’s recently penned a new deal with the Baggies and was thought to be coveted by Ryan Lowe once more. However, with Appleton having a relationship with the club, he’s hoping to secure Palmer’s services at the LNER Stadium.
“The reality is we need another goalkeeper,” he told Lincolnshire Live. “It wouldn’t take rocket science to work out that Alex would definitely be one of those people.
“He’s not just going to be on our list he’s going to be on a lot of people’s lists. He’s a top-quality goalkeeper. We are looking for another top quality goalkeeper to bring into the club.”
As for Morton, he too is likely to be hot property. He helped secure Northampton’s promotion in an impressive loan spell last season, scoring eight times in just 12 outings. The 20-year-old has yet to sign his new deal at the Hawthorns, but again Appleton confirmed he’s eyeing a move for the forward.
“Again it would be hard to say no,” added the former Oxford United boss. “I think there’s going to be numerous clubs as well, similar to Alex where they’re going to try to acquire their services.
“Hopefully my relationship with West Brom and knowing the players personally will give us a decent opportunity to try and get them.”
Appleton took over at Sincil Bank in late September, guiding them to their highest Football League finish since 1984. He’s been busy in pre-season, adding a number of new faces including former Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt and former Celtic wide man Theo Archibald.
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They won 4-0 in a friendly against Scunthorpe on Tuesday night despite only having two strikers on their books currently. By adding both Palmer and Morton, they would certainly be pulling off something of a coup. It’s a young, exciting side being built at the LNER Stadium and these two loan deals would certainly add real depth and quality to their embryonic side.