The Nottingham Post reports that Notts County have beaten Port Vale to the signing of Hartlepool United Lewis Alessandra.
The transfer has not been confirmed yet, which may give Vale hope of still completing a deal but the newspaper claims:
Notts County are closing in on their second summer signing after fending off Port Vale in the chase for Hartlepool United’s Lewis Alessandra.
The Post understands the highly-rated wideman is set to undergo a medical at Meadow Lane on Friday after the club reached an agreement with Hartlepool over a fee.
Vale had threatened to hijack the deal, but Alessandra is understood to have had his heart set on joining Kevin Nolan’s side.
Magpies owner Alan Hardy is believed to have stumped up a five-figure fee for the 28-year-old, who shone for Pools last season despite their relegation to the National League.
Port Vale manager Michael Brown could be in the market for wingers after offloading Jerome Thomas, Sam Kelly and Chris Mbamba and signing forward Tom Pope who thrived off service from the wings during the 2012-13 promotion season.