Nearly Men number thirteen: Lee Trundle

The Welsh striker was Port Vale’s top transfer target in 2003 only for the club to be thwarted by a transfer embargo…

This occasional series profiles players that nearly signed for Vale only for the move to never take place…

The Sentinel newspaper first reported the story on the 1st of July 2003 – Port Vale had reluctantly pulled out of the race to sign young Welsh striker Lee Trundle.

The 23 year-old had netted thirty goals in 78 starts for Wrexham but was now out of contract and available on a free transfer.

Annoyingly, the club was subject to spending restrictions following its exit from administration earlier in the year and the club were unable to free up wages for the striker.

The rest is history – Trundle went to Swansea City scoring 78 goals and earning cult status. Vale had to settle for Adrian Littlejohn and by February, after a patchy run of form, Horton resigned.