A journalist with the Press Association claims that Port Vale have made an offer for former Crewe Alexandra trialist Soulimane Coulibaly.
Coulibaly was once seen as one of world football’s top prospects. The Ivorian won the golden boot at the 2011 U17 World Cup, scoring nine goals in four games. He was subsequently signed by Tottenham Hotspur. He moved to Italy in 2014 but according to an article on Goal.com he has returned to the UK as he looks to “secure first-team football outside of the top flight.” According to the May 2015 article “Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town and Barnsley have also shown an interest in speaking to the forward.”
This summer, Coulibaly enjoyed a brief but prolific trial with Crewe but left the club earlier this week to reportedly “explore other options.” At the time of his departure, it was rumoured that the Valiants had scouted him and were showing an interest in the player.
Coulibaly played as a trialist for Peterborough United on Wednesday evening but Press Association journalist Sean Taylor says that Posh face competition to sign Coulibaly as the Valiants have made the player an offer.
This claim is yet to be confirmed or denied by the Vale, who are looking to strengthen their forward ranks. Despite the signing of Uche Ikpeazu, Vale would like to replace the departed Tom Pope and Ben Williamson.