Lincoln City target John Akinde has received a glowing endorsement from one of his former clubs.

The Imps are in advanced talks with the striker after having a bid accepted by Barnet. A resolution to those talks is expected to be reached today (Wednesday). Akinde is believed to be keen to join Danny Cowley’s side. The main obstacle to overcome is location, with the 28-year-old having established family roots in London.

Akinde has spent the majority of his career in the south-east, although he did venture north earlier in his career, enjoying a prolific season with Alfreton Town, then of the National League, in 2013/14.

Alfreton chairman Wayne Bradley has fond memories of Akinde’s season-long spell at the Impact Arena. Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, he praised the player’s quality, character and professionalism.

“He was a player we had no right to sign if I’m being honest,” recalled Bradley.

“In the season we signed him, we were playing on the opening day at Dartford.

“He was at Portsmouth but they were having financial problems and hadn’t re-engaged him, so he was a free agent and our manager at the time, Nicky Law, had identified him as a proper player.”

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