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Could Lincoln City’s Sean Raggett be in for a West Ham switch?

Defender could trade the National League for the Premier League

Burnley v Lincoln City - The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Lincoln City’s amazing run in the FA Cup plus their successful season in the National League, where they gained automatic promotion and won the league, is the thing of fairy tales. Sean Raggett might be in for an even more exciting fairy tale, as he is rumored to be in for a transfer to the Premier League and West Ham United.

The Hammers have links to the Imps, having hosted them before their match against Arsenal, and with the management team at Lincoln, the Cowley brothers, having been boyhood West Ham fans from Essex.

The 24 year-old central defender would be jumping from the 5th division in English football to the top division, one of the most competitive and physically demanding leagues in the world, so this would be a huge adjustment for the player. While Raggett has been a standout for Lincoln this year in the National League, it would be a difficult transition, to say the least. However, he does have at least one feather in his cap, as Raggett was the goal-scoring hero for Lincoln City in their victory at Turf Moor against Burnley. His 89th minute goal sealed the famous victory for the Imps in the FA Cup to set up their quarter-final match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. He scored two goals in the team’s magical FA Cup run and added six goals in the league.

Raggett was named the young player of the year at the National League Awards, and was one of four Lincoln City players to be included in the National League team of the season.

West Ham is apparently not the only team to be interested in the defender, as it is also rumored that West Bromwich Albion has also made an approach. While he remains a project with the jump in competition, the young centreback has potential to be a Premier League player. With all of the young talent on defense for the Hammers, the team is set for the foreseeable future at centreback.