Former Sunderland man ‘undergoing medical’ with the Imps

32-year-old former Sunderland man Chris Maguire is ‘undergoing a medical’ with the Imps, according to Keith Downie of Sky Sports.

Maguire scored 28 goals in 124 appearances during his time on Wearside, but was released at the end of the season as Lee Johnson looked to take the team in a new direction. Despite only playing 33 matches, the experienced attacker scored five goals and chipped in with five assists. Johnson came under fire for not including the popular Maguire more during the final weeks of the season, and it was widely believed he would be returning to Scotland upon completion of his contract.

That now appears not to be the case, not if the reports are to be believed. If he is signing for Lincoln, I think it is a significant capture of a man who will add a different dimension to our attack. Maguire started his career with Aberdeen, before moving to Derby County for a fee thought to be around £400,000. He’s also featured for Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City, Rotherham United and Bury, as well as Oxford United. At the Kassam, he was a key figure for Michael Appleton, and he spoke of his ‘connection‘ with our boss before leaving for Bury after Michael left for Leicester City.

‘Connection’ with Maguire – Credit Graham Burrell

If the reports are to be believed Maguire, capped by Scotland twice, is set to become the first permanent signing of the summer. With 106 career goals from more than 500 outings, he certainly has plenty of experience and would surely play a key role in developing younger players as well as adding value to the front line.

How accurate the reports remain to be seen, but the capture of Maguire would certainly raise a few eyebrows, not least at Sunderland where he was held in very high esteem by the fans for his continued good performances despite their turbulent recent history.

Maguire is the second attacking player we’re being linked with this summer, with young Lee Bonis from Portadown the other being discussed by journalists.