Lincoln City midfielder Harry Anderson is unlikely to join Portsmouth this summer, according to Andrew Moon from the BBC.
The Imps confirmed when they published their retained list earlier this month that Anderson will leave the club at the expiration of his contract this summer.
The midfielder is one of the club’s most decorated players, helping Lincoln rise up the EFL – winning two league titles and the EFL Trophy.
Much of that success came under Danny Cowley and Anderson has been linked with a reunion with his former boss at Fratton Park.
However, Moon has now reported that it is unlikely that the 24-year-old will join Pompey this summer.
The door does remain ajar it seems, with sources telling him “never say never”.
Having first signed on loan the previous summer, Anderson joined Lincoln permanently from Peterborough United in 2017 and has gone on to make more than 200 appearances for the club.
The right-sided midfielder has notched up 33 goals and 30 assists during that time, including adding six goals and eight assists under Michael Appleton last term.
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Though it seemed like a natural next step after his Lincoln departure was confirmed, it appears Anderson will not be linking up with Cowley at Fratton Park.
The 24-year-old has been a fantastic servant for the Imps and would be a shrewd addition for a string of League One clubs, though you feel he’s not yet proven he’s good enough to make the step up to the Championship.
In a summer when money is likely to be tight, signing Anderson on a free transfer should be an attractive proposition and he’s unlikely to be short of suitors – even if a Pompey move is unlikely.