League One manager admits Leeds youngster is a transfer target

Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton has admitted his side are interested in Robbie Gotts, despite a host of other clubs also being in the hunt.

Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, the former Manchester United midfielder confessed his side are looking to add to their squad ahead of this Friday’s deadline, but that much is dependant on finances.

“There are three of four with different clubs, who potentially we may look to do something just to make sure the squad is more than capable of getting through to January when the window shuts this week – and Robbie is one of those,” Appleton said.

“Robbie is obviously somebody we are aware of but I am sure there are probably four or five other clubs at this moment in time who want the same thing,” he added.

The 20-year-old’s destination has been one of the transfer sagas of the summer, with Sunderland land Hull City both also in the hunt recently, according to The Northern Echo. He has also been a target for Swindon Town and Huddersfield Town, as well as Doncaster Rovers. The midfielder has featured in 39 matchday squads for the Whites since December 2018 but has played just twice for his first-team. It is believed Leeds would like him to add to his senior experience though and are looking to send him to a club that will guarantee playing time.

Gotts is a versatile young player who can operate across the midfield, or as a wingback, making him a good fit for Lincoln’s philosophy of having players who can operate in a number of positions. The Imps are currently second in League One with 12 points, one behind table-toppers Ipswich Town. They were beaten for the first time in the league this weekend, going down 2-1 to Bristol Rovers at the LNER Stadium.

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Whilst this is an admission of interest from Michael Appleton, it is also an indication that the Imps may well miss out. Leeds are likely to want the player to not only play regularly but also command some sort of loan fee or have his wages covered. If the Imps were the only side in the hunt, there may be room for a deal, but with so many clubs looking at Gotts he will surely end up going to a club that can pay.

That doesn’t mean the Imps will struggle to acquire a player though; Appleton has good contacts within the game and will be sure to add a new face ahead of the deadline, one way or another.


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