Lincoln City have won the race to sign Leeds United midfielder Robbie Gotts ahead of tomorrow’s deadline day, Football Insider has learned.
The 20-year-old has been the subject of intense interest from EFL clubs including Huddersfield Town, Swindon Town and Doncaster Rovers in this window.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Gotts is set to sign for Lincoln on a season-long loan today after terms were agreed last night.
Marcelo Bielsa and his staff have been convinced that the League One high flyers will provide the best platform for the rising star’s development this season.
Michael Appleton’s side are second in the division and expected to challenge strongly for promotion to the Championship this term.
Leeds have been reluctant to send Gotts to a team who are likely to be caught up in a relegation battle or where he may not get the senior playing time he needs.
Huddersfield had been the favourites to land the youngster earlier in the window ahead of League One sides.
The Terriers’ manager Carlos Corberan quit Elland Road earlier in the summer to take over at the John Smith’s Stadium following the sacking of Danny Cowley.
But Lincoln have won the race for Gotts, who is predominantly a central midfielder but can also play at full-back, including right-back.
He has made three senior appearances for Leeds, two of which came last season and the third in last month’s EFL Cup defeat to Hull.
Gotts came off the bench after 78 minutes of normal playing time, when he replaced Mateusz Bogusz as Bielsa fielded a team of fringe and youthful players.