League One play-off finalists Lincoln City are looking to sign Northern Irish striker Lee Bonis, according to The Sun on Sunday (May 23, page 59).
But they are being rivalled by Premier League side Burnley for the 21-year-old’s signature after a stunning goalscoring season for Portadown in the Danske Bank Premiership.
Bonis was a revelation in Northern Ireland’s second tier last season, scoring 15 times in 26 outings before COVID-19 curtailed the season.
Portadown were promoted though and Bonis continued where he left off in-front of goal, scoring 11 times in 31 games this past season to attract interest from across the Irish Sea.
The striker has reportedly been on trial at the Clarets recently but it’s unclear as to whether they are going to make a transfer move for him, and if they do it’s likely that he will only slot into their under-23 squad.
Lincoln though will probably not have their transfer plans finalised until after their Wembley clash with Blackpool next week, but it does look like their forward line needs bolstering with the likes of Morgan Rogers and Callum Morton only being loanees.
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I can’t profess to knowing anything about Bonis, but it seems like he is a natural goalscorer.
He could be worth a punt though for the Imps, even though he’s an unknown quantity in the English leagues but that could play into his favour.
How much Bonis would cost however is another matter – he signed a mammoth five-year deal recently at Portadown due to his form and that would no doubt mean he commands a decent transfer fee – promotion to the Championship would almost certainly mean Michael Appleton has some money to play with this summer and Bonis could be on the list.