City Have ‘Agreed Deal’ For January Transfer Target

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The Imps have reportedly agreed a deal with Portsmouth for winger Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, as per Pete O’Rourke.

The 25-year-old was a target on deadline day, only for Pokmpey boss John Mousinho to pull the plug on a deal late on. He saw the former Charlton man as a potential first-team player, but he was used sparingly and was told he could talk to other clubs this summer.

The report suggests personal terms have been agreed for a transfer which will cost us an undisclosed fee, as Hackett-Fairchild is still under contract. If he has agreed to come to City, it means he’ll be the second permanent signing of the summer, following on from the capture of Alistair Smith last night.

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild was at Brighton and Fulham as a youngster before joining Dagenham, where he was handed his first senior contract. In 2017, he moved to the Valley but was used sparingly over the next three seasons, with loans at Boreham Wood and Bromley, before moving permanently to the latter in 2019.

He made his name in the National League with Bromley, bagging eight times in 25 outings, which alerted Pompey. They had success plucking Jamal Lowe from the National League, and Hackett-Fairchild looked likely to be the long-term replacement for the Bournemouth man. He hasn’t done badly – he’s scored seven times in 60 outings for them, but only started 27 games in his stint at Fratton Park.

He would certainly suit our 3-4-3, as he can play anywhere across the front line and has occasionally operated as a wing-back. Of course, his possible arrival is conjecture at present, but if Pete O’Rourke announces it, it’s usually time to get a new shirt ironed and the memory card in the media team’s cameras.