Port Vale have announced the signing of goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet on a short-term deal.The move is somewhat surprising as Vale are currently well served for goalkeepers.
They have current first-choise Leo Fasan on loan from Celtic plus youngsters Ryan Boot, Harry Pickering and Joe Slinn are all on professional contracts. The Vale also have Sam Johnson on a long-term loan at FC Halifax Town.
A club statement said:
The 24 year-old has joined the club until the end of the season.
Mehmet will wear the number one jersey, recently worn by former ‘keeper Jak Alnwick.
Deniz, who was born in Kent, England, has represented Turkey Under-19 on two separate occasions.
Standing at 6ft3in, Mehmet began his youth career with Arsenal, Charlton and Manchester United.
Then, in 2008, Mehmet joined West Ham United and spent four years in the youth system with the Hammers.
However, in 2011 he departed for Turkish side Kayserispor.
Deniz was in Turkey for four years, before he joined Falkirk for an undisclosed fee.
After two years in Scotland, Mehmet left in January and began training with Port Vale and has now signed for the Valiants.
Everyone here at Port Vale would like to welcome Deniz to Port Vale.
He will start in today’s reserve match against Bradford City at Vale Park – kick off 1.00pm