The Imps have finally completed a loan deal for 22-year-old Peterborough United striker Rene Howe after many months of speculation.
Howe signed for Peterborough in July 2007 and spent last season on loan at Morecambe, where he scored 12 goals.
Imps manager Peter Jackson told the clubs official website: "I am delighted Rene has agreed to join us. He has got a proven track record at this level from his time with Rochdale and Morecambe and I hope he comes here and scores goals."
It was thought Howe would be signing permanently and figures of around £150,000 had been muted. Howe appears to have been frozen out at Peterborough having only featured sporadically in their pre season campaign, despite the fact Barry Fry slapped the price tag on the powerful forwards head.
Born in Bedford, and was signed by Kettering in 2006 from his home town club, Bedford Town. He netted 25 goals and helped Kettering to finish as runners-up in the Conference North before being signed by Peterborough United.
With few appearances in his first Peterborough season, Howe went out on loan at Rochdale. After impressing, Howe later joined Morecambe on loan and appeared against the Imps last season.
Imps fans see the signing of Howe as the 'final piece in the jigsaw' and have already dubbed the powerful forward 'The Beast'.
The loan deal will end on 31 December 2009