Lincoln City have confirmed the addition of Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker on their official website.
The 22-year-old has left the City Ground on a season-long loan and could go straight into the squad for Lincoln’s opening game against Accrington Stanley tomorrow.
Walker spent last season on loan at Mansfield Town in League Two, as they narrowly missed out on promotion in the play-off semi-finals. He made a total of 44 appearances in League Two, contributing 22 goals for the Stags.
He has found first team opportunities with the Reds limited in recent years, and another loan move provides him with the perfect chance to develop his game further.
Walker has already been on loan to five different clubs since breaking through the club’s academy system. He has already had spells at Burton Albion, Stevenage, Port Vale, Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield.
The 22-year-old also has experience of representing his country on the international stage. He made seven appearances for England’s Under-20 side, contributing two goals in the process.
Lincoln boss Danny Cowley had previously spoken of his desire to add another goalscorer to his ranks before the start of the season. Walker will add competition to the likes of John Akinde in the Imps squad.
Interestingly, it was the striker himself who has made this loan switch to Sincil Bank happen. There were a number of other sides interested, including Coventry City.
According to LincolnshireLive, the Reds had the option to sell the striker on a permanent basis, or even secure a loan fee and a bigger contribution to his wages from another club.
However, Walker was keen on linking up with the Imps ahead of the start of their League One campaign. This is something that the Reds have respected, in the hope that he might return to the City Ground a better player next summer.
Speaking about the arrival of Walker, Imps boss Cowley told LincolnshireLive: “Tyler wanted to come here.
“He had a number of clubs wanting to sign him. He had great success last season playing week in, week out and although he had other options, the aim is for him to play regularly, which is certainly the plan here.
“We knew we wouldn’t be able to compete with some of the other clubs (financially), but he wanted to be here, which gave us a real chance.”
There’s no doubt that this move has left Sabri Lamouchi short of striking options at the City Ground. As it stands, only Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir are in his plans for next season.
Hillal Soudani and Karim Ansarifard have already left the club, whilst Jason Cummings and Daryl Murphy may be next to leave.
It would be a surprise if the Reds didn’t sign another striker before the window slammed shut.