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: