Port Vale boss Rob Page hopes new signing can boost team

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Port Vale manager Rob Page said he hopes to announce a new signing next Monday, January 25.

Page said he was trying to finalise a deal that will bring a mystery forward to Vale Park.

He said: “My opinion is we need someone in who is going to have an instant impact on the first team.

“We need someone to come in and add goals to the team, and by Monday we’re hoping to have a fresh pair of legs in the changing room.

“They will hopefully bring goals and a bit of pace up top.

“Only time will tell whether he comes in and does it straight away or we have to be patient with him and let the goals come. It’s a gamble I’m prepared to take at the moment to help us climb that table.”

The Valiants’ boss hopes the new signing will support this season’s top scorer AJ Leitch-Smith, who has scored seven goals in all competitions.

One of Vale’s own players has been attracting interest from elsewhere, with 22-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick reportedly wanted by Preston North End of the Championship and League One Wigan.

The ex-Newcastle United keeper joined Port Vale in August on a free transfer and his impressive performances have earned him a new contract until the summer of 2018.

Page said of Alnwick: “He was a great signing, we knew he was going to have a lot of interest because of the performances he’s been giving for us.

“He’s a quality player who’s got experience in the Premiership – everybody’s understandably going to be talking about him with the way he’s playing.

“The plan for him hasn’t changed, the plan is for him to learn his trade here playing games at this level, then in a year’s time move on.

“For the time being he’s a Port Vale footballer.”

Page also addressed this Saturday’s League One game against Bradford City, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Bury last week.

He said: “They’ve got some good players in the team.

“We know they don’t just play off James Hanson up top, they can play through the thirds and we’ll be mindful of that.

“But it’s about what we do. It’s about us matching the physical side of it but then imposing our way of playing as well.

“They’re one place above us in the table with a couple of games in hand and it’s a big game for both teams.”

Vale’s last time out was a disappointing 3-1 loss at Millwall on Sunday, and the manager is hoping to bounce back.

“Whenever we’ve had a disappointing result and performance we’ve worked hard all week to put it right and in the main we have put it right.

“That’s our main objective on Saturday, to put it right and get the three points.”

Vale defender Ben Purkiss spoke of his hopes for Saturday's game

Vale defender Ben Purkiss spoke of his hopes for Saturday’s game

Defender Ben Purkiss also spoke of his hopes for the team to make amends.

“For whatever reason I don’t think we gave a good account of ourselves.

“We made it difficult for ourselves by giving them too much space, particularly in the first half.

“We need to go again against Bradford and get back to where we were.”

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