Ben Whitfield linked with City

Reports coming out of Bournemouth have linked us with a move for Bournemouth forward Ben Whitfield.

Whitfield has been on loan at Port Vale but that deal expired yesterday and, according to reports, we’re looking to bring him to Sincil Bank for the second part of the season.

Port Vale are keen to hold on to him though, he recently tore Luton apart in their shock 4-0 win against the leaders, scoring once. He’s scored three in 23 but has been integral to their improvement recently. Vale Chief Executive Colin Garlick is really keen to ensure he remains a Valiant until May.

“We have certainly enjoyed having him here and he has enjoyed being here. It fits and has been developing his career because he has been playing games. So, I am sure his parent club have been more than happy with that. They have been out to see him a few times and I think they have been more than satisfied with what we have contributed to his development, it has worked for everyone.”

Chris Travers, son of a former Lincoln City director now based in Stoke, had this to say about Whitfield on social media: “Whitfield can play wide either side, but has been playing just behind the striker for Vale. He’s been brilliant for them (although not too much competition for their star player this year!). Luton couldn’t handle him at Vale Park on Saturday.”

The Imps link has come from a piece by Michael Baggelly in the Stoke Sentinel which says: “Port Vale’s League Two rivals Lincoln City have joined the race to sign Ben Whitfield from Bournemouth, according to reports. Neil Perrett, of the Bournemouth Echo, reports that the Valiants have competition for the 21-year-old attacking midfielder who has impressed on loan at Vale Park in the first half of the season.”

Whitfield was part of the Bradford City academy until the age of 16 and, after his release, he joined the Silsden under-19 side before signing for the Guiseley academy. He made his Guiseley debut in 2013 bfore attracting the attention of Huddersfield where he went on trial. In January 2014, Whitfield signed for then-Championship side Bournemouth on an 18-month contract. He had clearly caught the eye of many clubs having been linked with moves to the Premier League.

He hasn’t managed an appearance for the Cherries, but as well as Port Vale, Whitfield has spent time on loan at Yeovil and Kidderminster. In 2015/16 he scored six times for Kiddie as they were relegated from the National League. In March 2016 It was his 83rd minute effort which Paul Farman saved that led to their winning goal against us at Sincil Bank.

Last season he played on loan at Yeovil, scoring three times in 34 appearances. At just 21-years old he does seem to have a bright future ahead of him and, having already proven himself at this level, he would be a very astute addition to the Imps squad.