The January transfer window closes on Tuesday and it could be a busy day for the Valiants as they seek to boost their squad.
Martin Foyle has already added the names of Sean Doherty and Marc McGregor to his side in addition to sealing permanent deals for Leon Constantine and Mike Husbands and agreeing an improved loan spell for the impressive Sam Togwell.
However, it is undoubtedly the fate of on loan Bristol City defender Clayton Fortune that will concern Foyle the most.
Vale are interested in a permanent deal for the 23 year-old but so far no fee has been agreed with the Ashton Gate club.
However, it does appear that the Valiants have made a bid for the defender. An article on the official Bristol City website claims that a Port Vale transfer bid is being “considered” with the Ashton Gate club likely to give their answer on Tuesday.
The Vale boss has made no secret of his desire to add another central defender to his squad. If a move for Fortune cannot be hammered out, Foyle may have to look elsewhere for a new recruit or, as he has hinted, rely on a loan defensive signing to see out the season.
Two other players will also await events at Vale Park with interest.
Left-sided defender Danny Smith, formerly of Stoke City, has reportedly impressed while on trial and could earn a permanent deal, while well-travelled forward Rodney Jack, who has been training with Vale, could get a short-term contract.