Reports in a Swindon newspaper have linked the Valiants with a possible move for Swindon’s 23 year-old defender Aden Flint.
According to a report in the Swindon Advertiser, the League One side have received interest in Flint from both Port Vale and Bradford City and with manager Paolo di Canio keen to free up funds to strengthen his squad, the Wiltshire side may decide to sell the giant centre-half.
On Sunday, Vale chairman Paul Wildes hinted at a “big signing” on Tuesday and some Vale fans may speculate – would six foot five inch Flint fit the billing as a “big” player?
Di Canio needs to move players out before bringing new faces in and he told the newspaper: “He [Flint] could be the player [to be sold to free up funds]. Not because I don’t like him, because when we talk about him it is not confirmation of the name of the player we have to sacrifice, but it’s one that we have received a request from a few clubs ready to spend money that can give me the opportunity.
“He’s one of the options. He’s probably the main one because there is this opportunity but we will see because I want to keep him. I want to maintain this group. If it’s possible I want to bring in another player.
“If we can send out all three players and keep Flint that will be the worst madness situation in the world, especially if there is no financial problem.
“The problem is something that I don’t understand or I don’t want to understand because I don’t want to burn my brain. I want to keep going. I don’t want to spend nervous energy thinking about why.”
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Born in Derbyshire, Flint played for Pinxton and Alfreton and represented the England semi-pro side before signing for Swindon in 2010. The centre-half has made 50 starts (plus seven sub appearances) for the Robins, scoring five times.