Lincoln City look to swoop for Nottingham Forest youngster David Morgan
Lincoln City look set to complete a move for Nottingham Forest starlet David Morgan as they aim to strengthen an injury-hit squad.
The Echo can reveal the Imps are hoping to tie up a loan deal for the highly-rated youngster in time for Saturday's home clash against Hyde.
City's need for reinforcements has been increased in the last week after Alan Power picked up an ankle injury which has ruled him out for two months.
With Gary Mills playing through the pain barrier because of a tight hamstring, Imps boss David Holdsworth believes Morgan will be a valuable addition to the squad.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
"David has come very highly recommended to me, and Sean O'Driscoll (Forest manager) has kindly done me a favour," he said.
"David has a terrific engine, is very physical and I've no doubt that he will settle into our league easily.
"We desperately need cover in that area because the injury to Alan is a bad one and he is going to be out for some considerable time. To be fair to Gary Mills he still has a hamstring problem and is forcing himself to get through games at the moment.
"Gary and Mo Fofana are the only two fit central midfield players on the books at the moment which is why I've moved for David.
"He will be a terrific addition to the squad."
Although the loan window is open, the Echo understands the deal will be similar to youth work experience.
That means it will not count as a senior loan and will last as long as Lincoln would like.
While 18-year-old Morgan is yet to feature for Forest's first team, he has been a regular for their under-21s side.
He scored in a win against Coventry earlier in the month and won a call-up to the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad in May.
Providing there are no last minute hitches with the deal, he will be pushing for an immediate place in Holdsworth's starting line-up against Hyde on Saturday.
It is already shaping up to be a pivotal game, especially with the two sides currently next to each other at the bottom of the table.
But the Imps boss says that after an encouraging performance against Telford last week, he says his players cannot wait for kick-off.
"The players have been fantastic," he said.
"There was a real buzz about them on Monday morning because they know that performance against Telford was terrific.
"We were outstanding and the players ran through a brick wall for this club.
"They are absolutely raring to go and cannot wait for Saturday."
Lincoln will be without the injured Adam Smith, Tom Miller, Rob Duffy, Conal Platt and Power for the Blue Square Bet Premier clash.
Vadaine Oliver is set to retain his place up front having scored on his full debut against Telford last weekend.
Meanwhile, Lincoln's under-18s will travel to Blaby & Whetstone next week in the first qualifying round of the 2012/13 FA Youth Cup.
The young Imps progressed from the preliminary round thanks to a 9-0 thrashing of Lutterworth Athletic.