Port Vale manager Neil Aspin says other clubs were interested in signing loanee Ben Whitfield.
The Valiants confirmed that the Bournemouth youngster has re-signed for the remainder of the season and Aspin confirmed to the media that there had been a possibility of Whitfield moving elsewhere.
Supporters like him, he has done well since I have been here, and I have said from the start that I would like to keep him…
He commented: “There were a few scenarios that could have happened with Ben. We did make an offer to Bournemouth to sign him permanently. That was a distinct possibility, and there was also the chance he could have gone to another club, but I think the major factor with Ben is he was enjoying his football here and he wants to stay.
“It’s good for all parties. It gives Ben a chance to continue playing football for us and also I suppose it puts him in a good position for Bournemouth. If he does really well they are probably in a stronger position in terms of his future.
“We would have been very disappointed if he had left. Supporters like him, he has done well since I have been here, and I have said from the start that I would like to keep him.”