BURTON Albion were today thrashing out terms with Lucas Akins after agreeing a fee with Stevenage for the winger.
The 25-year-old former Tranmere man could become the first paid signing of Gary Rowett’s reign if a deal can be agreed.
The Brewers boss said: “A fee has been agreed between both clubs and now it’s a case of seeing if we can get the deal over the line with the player.”
Akins, a former team-mate of Adam McGurk and Robbie Weir at Prenton Park, is understood to want a move north for non-footballing reasons, but there are said to be other clubs interested in him.
He has been at Stevenage for the last two seasons, making 86 appearances and scoring 15 goals.
Before that he spent two seasons with Tranmere after a spell in Scotland with Hamilton Academical and Partick Thistle.
He began his career as a trainee with Huddersfield.
“He’s a player we’ve liked for a while,” said Rowett last night. “For whatever reason he wants to come back up north.
“It’s going to be a case of whether we can meet the player’s demands.
“But he’s certainly expressed an interest to come and join us.
“Now we’ve got to get it over the line.”
The fee for Akins, as is usually the case in football now, will probably remain undisclosed.
It will be the first fee Rowett has paid out for a player, with all his previous signings in two-and-a-bit seasons being free transfers or loans.
“It’s a reasonable fee,” he said. “It’s the first fee I’ve paid for a player - he’s the right age and has the right experience to attract a fee
“I’d like to thank the chairman (Ben Robinson) for backing the deal.
“It’s good news for the club.”
Without wanting to jump the gun before the deal is signed, Rowett says Akins could bring a whole new dimension to his Brewers side.
“He’s very athletic and unpredictable and can play in any of the front three positions,” he said.
“He would be a very good addition if we can sign him.”