Millwall eye transfer move for non-league star

MILLWALL are monitoring Lincoln City’s Sean Raggett as Neil Harris makes plans for his summer transfer moves.

Raggett, a 23-year-old centre-back, caught the eye in the Imps’ run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this season.

Raggett grabbed an 89th-minute winner for the non-league side in their 1-0 victory over Premier League Burnley at Turf Moor in the fifth round of the competition (above), one of seven goals he scored this season as Lincoln won the National League to earn promotion to League Two.

Last month, after a newspaper report linked the Lions with a move for Raggett, Lincoln managing director Kevin Cooke denied the club had had any approach for the defender.

"I've not heard anything about that, apart from rumours I've seen on social media,” he said.

"I don't know how these things start but I'm not aware of any approach for Sean Raggett."

Raggett is contracted to Lincoln until the summer of 2018 and would command a transfer fee of well over £100,000.

West Brom have also been linked with a move for him, but Harris' friendship with Lincoln boss Danny Cowley could put the Lions in pole position for the defender's signature.

Harris and Cowley have also done business before, after Tom King spent the second half of last season on loan at Cowley’s Braintree Town.

Millwall could be in the market for a central defender this summer with doubts over the futures of a number of the current squad.

Jake Cooper’s loan deal from Reading ends after Millwall’s season is over. He doesn’t seem to have a future under Royals boss Jaap Stam, but Millwall could find it difficult to convince him to drop down a division if they don’t go up through the play-offs. The Lions face Scunthorpe on Thursday evening in the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final.

Sid Nelson hasn’t convinced on loan at Newport County, while failure to go up will lead to speculation over the future of Byron Webster, whose family still live in the north of England.

Raggett fits the mould of young, hungry, not to mention physically imposing players that Harris wants to bring to the club.

Raggett was a youth player at Gillingham before joining Dover, for whom he played over 150 times. He was called up for an England ‘C’ international in 2015, and joined Lincoln last summer.

Millwall have already dipped into the non-league market under Harris, who brought striker Harry Smith to the club last summer from Folkestone Invicta.

Harris has watched Raggett in action this season.

Image: Action Plus 

John Kelly