Boston United look set to land Peterborough United striker Jack Friend on a season-long loan.
The 18-year-old forward from Wisbech turned out for the Pilgrims, who play in Conference North, during last night’s 4-1 friendly victory over a youthful Nottingham Forest squad.
Manager Dennis Greene made enquiries about Friend - who has signed a professional deal with the League One side - due to last season’s 30-goal leading scorer Dayle Southwell being sidelined following his hernia operation in the summer.
And the Pilgrims are confident that Friend’s loan will become official after finalising the deal with Posh manager Dave Robertson.
“We’re going to do a season-long loan with Peterborough,” Greene told The Boston Standard. “I need to speak to Robbo but we’ve already discussed what the deal would be before the game.”
Transfer-listed Posh midfielder Kane Ferdinand has started a trial at League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge. He played for ‘The Daggers’ in a friendly last night.
Last season’s Posh skipper Jack Payne is still wanted by League Two side Leyton Orient, but the club’s have yet to agree a transfer fee.
Payne has played in three friendlies for the East London club.
Orient manager Ian Hendon said: “Jack is obviously a very good player. Somehow he has become available, but Peterborough will have to meet us halfway on a deal.
“We have been talking to Barry Fry (Posh director of football), but no deal has yet been reached.”