The Nottingham Evening Post newspaper reports that veteran striker Lee Hughes has signed for Port Vale FC on loanAccording to the newspaper, Hughes will move on loan with a view to a permanent move.
Ironically, Hughes was a John Rudge target in 1997, but the then-Kidderminster striker opted for a move to West Brom instead.
The Valiants only came out of administration on Tuesday when, following a successful takeover, the club’s transfer embargo was lifted. Thursday is the deadline day for any Football League loans to be completed.
The move has yet to be officially confirmed by either club but the signing of a well-known lower league player would be seen as a statement of intent by new owners Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite.
Hughes will be a controversial signing for some Vale fans due to his conviction in 2004 after causing a death by dangerous driving. To his credit, Hughes later publically apologised and met the family of the man who died.
Hughes has scored five goals in eighteen games this season but is serving a three match ban for violent conduct.
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Clubs: West Brom, Coventry, Oldham, Blackpool, Notts County