Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has denied any interest in purchasing National League side Gateshead.
It has been an chaotic season for Gateshead which has seen the club placed under a transfer embargo, their manager Steve Watson and his assistant leave for York City, as well as the departure of a number of key players. Extreme cost-cutting from the ownership has left Gateshead with a squad of just fifteen senior players.
A chaotic fortnight culminated in controversial financial adviser Joe Cala announcing through an official statement that owner Ranjan Varghese had placed the club up for sale for just £1.
Port Vale fans have been appealing to Smurthwaite to sell the club – preferably to local business Synectics Solutions, who have made a £3.5m offer. The North East media have now linked Smurthwaite with a possible move for Gateshead.
Smurthwaite told the Sentinel: “There’s no approach. The only interest was with Luke Hannant, the [former] manager [Neil Aspin], and a player that Neil wanted at the end of the season had he still been with us.”