Released Premier League midfielder linked with Imps’ switch

The Daily Mail has reported the Imps have been linked with a move for former Huddersfield midfielder Jack Payne.

The 24-year-old has been without a club since being released by Huddersfield following their relegation to the Championship. We’ve got some stiff opposition though, Birmingham City and Blackburn are reportedly interested, as are Oxford, MK Dons and Bolton.

He began his career with Southend, impressing enough to earn a move to the Terriers. He played 23 Championship matches for them, but when they were promoted began a series of loan spells all in League One. He played for Oxford, helped Blackburn to promotion and last season impressed despite Bradford’s relegation.

This is exactly the type of player Danny will be targeting. He’s 24-years-old and was hot property after his Blackburn spell. It’s been tough to make a name for himself at Bradford City, but on a free transfer, he’d be a steal for us.

He plays in the Shay McCartan role and can operate out wide as well. He’s got loads of flexibility in terms of position across the front of the side and that would make him a hugely attractive prospect for the Imps.

He bagged nine goals in 47 matches for Bradford last season, with 30 from 120 league starts across his career, all in League One or higher. This wouldn’t be a cheap signing but if we could capture Jack Payne it would be a massive signal of intent.

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