Southampton have shown an interest in taking Lincoln City defender Sean Roughan to the Premier League, Imps coach Michael Appleton told Lincolnshire Live.
This may be a classic case of David versus a Premier League Goliath – but David is no pushover.
The highly-rated Roughan has admirers in the top flight of English football, although that does not mean Lincoln are going to simply hand over a talented young left-back who has impressed since joining the third-tier outfit from Phoenix FC in 2019.
Roughan recently spent time on trial at Southampton.
But, if the Saints want to bring the Republic of Ireland youngster back to the South Coast on a full-time basis, they must stump up an offer Lincoln deem acceptable.
“(Southampton) have shown an interest for a while now,” explained Appleton. “We were more than happy for (the trial) to happen.
“He’s our player until someone makes an offer, it’s as simple as that. As it stands, at this moment in time, he’s a young player and we just want to make sure that he’s got the right pathway.
“If his pathway is away from Lincoln and it’s the right thing for the club, we’ve had those honest conversations with him.
“At the minute, he’s back with us until we get a conversation going with Southampton.”
Appleton insists that Roughan ‘enjoyed’ his time with Southampton, although it remains to be seen if Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side turn their interest into anything more serious.
At this time of year, it is not uncommon for young players to have trials at other clubs. Sunderland, for instance, have been running the rule over Aston Villa midfielder Harrison Sohna recently.