Former Port Vale striker Billy Paynter is reportedly Crewe’s top target as they look to add loan signings to their squad.
And with Vale set to play Crewe on November 23rd, the striker could be in line to face his former club.
Paynter, who was one of Vale’s youngest ever first-team players when he made his debut against Walsall aged just 16 years and 294 days became the club’s youngest-ever scorer for 24 years when he netted against Notts County in 2002.
In total, Paynter made over 150 appearances for the Valiants and was voted the club’s player of the year in 2005.
He left to join Hull City in 2005 (initially on loan before a permanent £150,000 transfer was agreed) and has since appeared for Southend United, Bradford City (loan), Swindon Town, Brighton (loan), Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers.
He has now scored over 100 goals in just over 400 senior appearances.
Crewe manager Steve Davis has told the Crewe Chronicle that he is interested in the forward commenting:“I’d like to get a striker in. If we are going to spend some money, that’s the right area.
“Paynter has a great record, he’s experienced and scored two for Donny against us last year.”
Billy Paynter Factfile
- Vale games: 130+28
- Vale goals: 34
- Player of the year: 2005