Rumour: Reports says Port Vale will sign non-league midfielder

Reports in the North East media say that Port Vale have agreed terms for Gateshead midfielder Luke Hannant.

Vale manager Neil Aspin knows Hannant well from his Gateshead managerial spell. He took Norwich-born Hannant to Gateshead on a non-contract basis after the youngster had been playing in the Northern League.

The 24 year-old midfielder has played 24 games for National League side Gateshead this season, scoring twice.

Journalist Mark Carruthers tweeted to say: “Understand @GatesheadFC have accepted an offer for Luke Hannant and expect him to complete a move to Port Vale today.”

Earlier this month, Aspin appeared to rule out a move telling media: “He has been in my thoughts possibly since I left Gateshead, but I have a good relationship with Gateshead and the chairman. I don’t really want to be taking players off them.

“If we were to sign him now we would have to pay a transfer fee. He would be out of contract at the end of the season so is maybe someone we can wait on. But then you are running the risk that, if he does well, other clubs might be alerted as well.”