Does double deal mean Lines is off to Bristol Rovers?

Does double deal mean Lines is off to Bristol Rovers?

Port Vale’s deals with Yeovil’s Sam Foley and player of the year Michael O’Connor could see playmaker Chris Lines make a permanent switch to Bristol Rovers.

Lines has made no secret of his desire to return to his boyhood club on a permanent basis and the move would appear to suit both clubs.

The only sticking points would appear to be whether Vale will demand an exorbitant fee for a player who still has a year left on his contract and whether Rovers can afford his wages.

O’Connor and Foley are widely expected to be first-choice in central midfield next season with veterans Michael Brown and Chris Birchall (who are both expected to sign new deals soon) as vastly experienced back-up.

It means that even if he did stay, Lines would have a struggle to get into the current Vale starting eleven.