Port Vale’s loan move for veteran Notts County striker Lee Hughes has been blocked by the Football League after the Valiants missed a deadline to submit the required paperwork.
As it was so late in the day, the paperwork did not go through in time…
The deadline for Football League loans was 5pm on Thursday and earlier that day the Nottingham Evening Post had reported that Hughes was set for a move to Vale Park.
Shortly after the deadline had passed, Vale announced the loan signing of Liam Chilvers, but a tweet from the official Notts County Twitter account cast doubt on the Hughes deal.
On Friday, an official statement on the Notts County website from CEO Jim Rodwell said: ““A proposed loan deal for Lee Hughes to go to Port Vale was discussed, however as it was so late in the day, the paperwork did not go through in time and we’re delighted to confirm that Lee remains a Notts County player.”
The Nottingham Evening Post newspaper laid the blame for the deal collapsing with the Vale adding that “the Magpies completed the paperwork for the deal…. but Vale did not submit the final paperwork to the Football League before the loan deadline at 5pm yesterday, so the League has this morning blocked the move.”
It remains to be seen whether Vale will make another move for the forward in the January transfer window.