City have completed the signing of experienced forward John Marquis on a short-term contract.
The 29-year-old, who has a proven record at this level with Doncaster and Pompey, will remain with the Imps until the end of the season.
He said: “I want to score goals and help the team as much as I can. When chances are created I want to get on the end of them, which is the best way I can help the team. It’s an opportunity to get in the areas where I do my best work, which is in and around the box, and get myself and the team some goals.
“I’m a centre forward that first and foremost works hard for the team, I want to help where I can with my energy and aggression at the top end of the pitch. I’ve also got some good experience to pass on to help the younger players who are already here, but I can also learn from them as well.”
Imps boss Michael Appleton added: “John is a proven goalscorer who adds experience to the squad and provides something we’ve missed while Tom Hopper has been out injured.
“It gives us more options in a key position, that we’ve lacked all season, allowing us the opportunity to play two up front and he will really help Liam Cullen by shouldering some of the responsibility for leading the line.
"It will also ensure that we do not need to rush Tom Hopper back from the serious injury that has kept him out of action since early September.”
Marquis will wear the number 27 shirt and goes straight into the Imps’ squad against Rotherham. The signing is subect to EFL clearance.