Social media is buzzing this morning with news of a new signing for Lincoln City, and although names haven’t been available, it seems fair to assume that the player in question is going to be a centre forward.
The departure of Theo has left us a little light up top, and despite Jack Muldoon’s goal on Tuesday night I think it’s clear that we do need to bring in some reinforcements up front. Whilst the FA Cup maybe be just one more game, there’s a strong chance of progress in the FA Trophy and even big Rheady can’t play every game.
So, if we assume it is a forward coming in, then it might be safe to assume that it is someone DC already knows of. He states he only brings in players after conducting ‘due diligence’, and therefore whoever is driving up to the Bank this morning will already be on our radar. There is a good chance he will have been on fan’s radar too.
One name that keeps getting bandied about is Ricky Miller, I’ll be honest I suspect there’s more chance of platting fog than signing the controversial Dover striker. They reportedly rebuffed a big bid from Bristol Rovers a couple of days ago, the Gas were looking to replace Matt Taylor who moved across the City. Jim Parmenter obviously thinks it is more important to push for the play-offs than to cash in on his star asset. It’s likely he’ll head to Peterborough in the summer, but it’s unlikely he’s currently in his car coming up the A1.
Another name in the frame is fellow former Boston striker, Dayle Southwell. He has been out injured for four months and only returned to training in the last couple of weeks. After joining Wycombe he went nine games without a goal before netting for the Chairboys in their 1-0 win over Stevenage in September. Since then they’ve pressed on with a play-off challenge, and Southwell may need to get games under his belt elsewhere.
Any move for Southwell would only be a loan deal, it is highly unlikely Gareth Ainsworth would let the striker leave so soon after signing. It’s a good shout on social media though, Southwell is well known to Danny Cowley and was reportedly close to signing in the summer. He’s a local lad too, hailing from Grimsby, and he’ll be known to a few of our players. Given this he would seem like a strong addition to the squad, if Wycombe are willing to let him go.
Any speculation outside of these two is purely that: speculation. Rumoured targets Nicke Kabamba and Simeon Akinola both moved on in January without surfacing in Lincoln, and on Tuesday night Jonny Margetts did the same thing. Danny was linked with Louis Theophanous in January, but there’s a suspicion this was more mindless speculation than solid rumour.
Either way it is unusual for social media not to have a sniff of who it might be, and my two pennies worth is no more than anyone else already does or doesn’t know. Could it be Dayle Southwell? He’d certainly be a popular shout after his goal scoring exploits at Boston.
Whoever it is, you can be assured that DC and NC will have studied him meticulously, his fitness, his work rate, his blood group and probably his GCSE results as well. No stone left unturned as we march on towards the Football League.