Lincoln City’s pursuit of striker Lee Bonis is still ongoing, with the club trying to agree on a fee with Irish side Portadown, as reported by Alan Nixon.
21-year-old Lee Bonis has scored 13 goals in 31 starts for his current side and is already capped at Under 21 level by Northern Ireland. Recently, he has been on trial with Burnley but they recently ended their interest, leaving Lincoln City free to pursue the player. Nixon first reported their interest at the start of the summer and whilst everything is relatively quiet in terms of incoming at Sincil Bank, it seems the deal is still alive and kicking.
On their official website, Portadown describes Bonis as “an exciting young striker,” who “has a knack for finding the net but has tireless work rate off the ball and loves to close down opposition defenders and win the ball high up the pitch”. The Imps currently have one out-and-out striker on their books, Tom Hopper, and have yet to replace Callum Morton, the other central striker who spent the season on loan at Sincil Bank.
Michael Appleton’s Imps finished the League One season in fifth place, and faced Blackpool in the play-off final after defeating Sunderland over two legs. Despite taking an early lead at Wembley, they eventually lost 2-1 courtesy of a Kenny Dougall brace. Since then, Brennan Johnson and Morgan Rogers have returned to their parent clubs, whilst Jorge Grant moved to Peterborough for an undisclosed fee.
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Lincoln City do need to bring players in – they’ve lost five loans players (Eyoma, Rogers, Morton, Johnson and Palmer) as well as Grant, plus long-serving winger Harry Anderson has also left Sincil Bank.
They’re playing the waiting game, but with their first pre-season friendly scheduled for this weekend, behind closed doors against Reading, the need for new faces is beginning to become pressing.