Lincoln City’s remarkable run to the quarter finals of the FA Cup was always going to come with one particular drawback. That their key men would attract attention from clubs from far higher up the footballing pyramid.
Yet, while strapping frontman Matt Rhead and energetic midfielder Alex Woodyard have remained with The Imps following their promotion to League Two last season, it appears that centre-back Sean Raggett (below, far right) looks the most likely to bid farewell to Sincill Bank.
The Sunderland Echo claims that Simon Grayson’s Sunderland, who could clearly do with a few defensive reinforcements, are the latest club to express an interest in the 23-year-old, who signed from Dover Athletic just a year ago.
The report adds that a number of Premier League and Championship teams, including West Ham, West Brom and Norwich City, have been tracking Raggett’s progress after he burst onto the scene with an 89th minute winner as Lincoln stunned Burnley at Turf Moor in the FA Cup fifth round in February.
And the defender, who has a release clause in his current contract, could find himself playing at a far higher level sooner rather than later. His addition would be welcomed in Sunderland’s backline, with Lamine Kone (below) still expected to depart before the end of the transfer window, Paddy McNair suffering with injuries, Papy Djilobodji yet to convince and John O’Shea’s best day’s behind him.
The Black Cats are hardly awash with disposable funds, spending only minimal amounts on new players this summer, but Raggett is not likely to break the bank.