Report: Southampton and Derby want to sign Lincoln star Ellis Chapman

Derby, England - 05 January, 2019

Premier League Southampton and Championship play-off semi finalists Derby County are reportedly targeting Lincoln City midfielder Ellis Chapman.

Lincoln City's Ellis Chapman during the FA Cup Third Round match between Everton and Lincoln City at Goodison Park on January 5, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Derby County and Southampton are interested in signing Lincoln City midfielder Ellis Chapman, according to Lincolnshire Live.

The Imps cruised to the League Two title under Danny Cowley last season but the biggest challenge is arguably yet to come with some of the club’s prized assets catching the eye of clubs higher up the Football League.

One of those is homegrown midfielder Chapman, who has made 14 appearances for Lincoln after rising through the ranks in the last three years. The youngster moved to Sincil Bank in 2016 after a spell in the Leicester City academy.

 

He spent the second half of last season on loan at National League outfit Chesterfield, however, though he managed to enhance his growing reputation in the fifth-tier.

“He’s helped them go from a relegation battle towards mid-table. He’s done fantastically well,” Cowley told Lincolnshire Live once Chapman’s spell at Chesterfield came to an end. “Ellis played down the left, he can play central, midfield, left midfield, left-back and left central-half.

“He’s an all-rounder and, tactically, is very intelligent.”

Lincoln City's Ellis Chapman poses for a photograph in the changing rooms at Lincoln City new Elite Performance Centre with the Emirates FA Cup during the opening of Lincoln City's new...

This potential and versatility apparently appeals to Derby County, who are looking to join rival suitors Southampton in the Premier League next season.

Both Frank Lampard and Ralph Hasenhuttl have gained a reputation for giving youth a chance and could be the perfect destination for Chapman, who has just a year left on his Lincoln contract.

Lincoln City's James Wilson (second in from right) celebrates scoring his side's sixth goal with team-mates, from left, Matt Green, Harry Anderson and Ellis Chapman during the Sky Bet...

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