Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town fans are set for transfer disappointment as both clubs look set to miss out on loan stars they’ve coveted this summer.
Plymouth enjoyed the services of keeper Alex Palmer last season, with some fans believing that were he to make a move into League One, it would be back with them at Home Park. That no longer appears to be the case, with journalist Steve Madeley revealing the talented 24-year-old is close to joining up with former West Brom coach Michael Appleton at Lincoln City.
Whilst there’s disappointment on the south coast, there’s also some in the Midlands at Northampton Town. They had West Brom man Callum Morton on loan last season, with the striker bagging eight goals in 12 matches to help fire them into League One. They announced striker Ricky Korboa yesterday, with fans commenting that they wanted Morton back on loan. It does seem as though the player will be back in League One, again Madeley reporting he’s set to depart on loan after penning a four-year deal with the Baggies this week.
Sadly for Cobblers fans, Michael Appleton’s links appear to once again have proven useful, with Morton expected to join the Imps along with Palmer, again on a season-long loan. Lincoln wound up their pre-season campaign yesterday with a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest Under 23s, but they will be significantly boosted by the arrival of the Baggies’ duo.
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Plymouth and Northampton both served as great bases for Morton and Palmer last season, but football is very much about who you know and Michael Appleton knows West Brom. He is a hugely respected coach both with the Baggies and in the wider football community, which looks like serving him well here.
Northampton were perhaps always going to be outsiders for Morton, given there’s Championship interest as well, but Plymouth fans felt Palmer was a shoo-in for a return there if he didn’t play in the Championship. However, both will get game time with the ambitious Imps, which hopefully serves to further their careers and of course, the Imps’ league position.