Smurthwaite concedes defeat in bid to sign Alex Jones on permanent deal

Smurthwaite concedes defeat in bid to sign Alex Jones on permanent deal

Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite claims that a failure to agree terms with Alex Jones’ agent caused a permanent deal for the forward to break down.

Jones had been a great success while on loan from Birmingham City and Vale had been tipped to secure a permanent move.

However, Jones apparently tweeted his goodbyes to the club this week and now appears to be set for a move to rivals Bradford City.

Smurthwaite tweeted to say that Vale had agreed terms for a permanent move with Birmingham but could not agree terms with the player’s agent. He also wished the player good luck for the future.

The tweet reads:

In response to a comment from a fan he added that it would have been a permanent move:

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