Imps Close in on Transfer Target

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Michael Appleton looks likely to land his first transfer target of the summer, 19-year-old Josh Griffiths, according to Yorkshire Live.

City are without a first-choice keeper after Alex Palmer returned to the Hawthorns and have been linked with Chile international Lawrence Vigoroux, but it seems as though we might be going back down the young loan keeper route. Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth have both eyed a swoop for Griffiths, but the report suggests that his ‘football education’ will continue at Sincil Bank. Given how well Palmer did, it is no surprise West Brom are keen to place players with us, even without Michael’s contact Luke Dowling.

Who is Josh Griffiths?

The Hereford-born keeper emerged from the Baggies youth academy after joining at the age of 10, and spent last season on loan at Cheltenham, where he lifted the League Two title, keeping 23 clean sheets in 50 appearances. That form earned him the Young Player of the Year award at Whaddon Road and led to an even bigger honour shortly after. He was called up to the England under-21 squad for their Euros group stage campaign in March, although he didn’t appear.

Josh Griffiths :: Joshua James Griffiths :: Cheltenham Town

Who Else Wants Him?

We seem to be in a race with our former boss, Danny Cowley. He is reportedly keen to take him to Fratton Park after letting his first choice, Craig MacGillivray, leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. Sheffield Wednesday were also thought to be interested in a move for Griffiths, although reports now suggest Darren Moore prefers a more experienced man between the sticks.

Cheltenham chairman Andy Wilcox has previously claimed the youngster wanted to return to the south west after enjoying his spell there. Although with bigger clubs such as Sheff Weds and Portsmouth in for him, it was always going to be a challenge. What is impressive is that were we in for the player three years ago, we would have been as likely to land him as Cheltenham are. If we do pip Sheff Weds and Pompey, it will be impressive business from the Imps.