Holbeach United forward Jordan Thomas has rejected a return to Spalding United.
The 20-year-old – who is Lincoln City’s youngest-ever first-team player – started last season with the Tulips.
So far this term he has got 10 goals for the Tigers, often operating out wide instead of being a centre-forward.
Holbeach manager Tom Roberts said: “He has turned down Spalding this week and that’s good news for us.
“He has been doing well and enjoying his football.
“He gives different options scoring goals out wide or down the middle where he played at Lincoln and Spalding.”
We need to get points on the board again and put a stop to this losing run.Marcus Ebdon
Thomas was a transfer target for the Tulips following the double departure of Jake Newman and Mitch Griffiths before Christmas.
Spalding remain hopeful of completing at least one deal ahead of Saturday’s home game against play-off rivals Romulus following a run of five successive defeats in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.
On the opening day of the season Michael Frew’s first-half equaliser earned a 1-1 draw.
Romulus midfielder Luke Keen tops the division’s goal-scoring chart with 16.
Tulips boss Marcus Ebdon said: “We’ve had reports on them but I don’t think they will enjoy playing on our pitch at the moment, especially as their home games are on the artificial surface.
“We need to get points on the board again and put a stop to this losing run.”
Midfielder Sam Murphy is back in the squad but central defender Neal Spafford may be ruled out with a calf strain.
Teenage striker Jonny Lockie has been invited back to Leicester City next month following a successful trial.
He has also attracted interest from Barclays Premier League clubs Everton and Bournemouth.