A Chesterfield-based journalist has said that there is “some truth” in Port Vale midfielder Manny Oyeleke being linked with a move to Chesterfield.
Liam Norcliffe’s report in the Derbyshire Times says that “we are led to believe that there is some truth in the potential move.”
National League clubs have until Thursday, April 22 to register new players for this season. Last season, Vale cashed in on striker Richie Bennett by selling him to Stockport County and the media in Chesterfield think a similar move could occur this campaign.
Chesterfield manager James Rowe was assistant boss at Aldershot where Oyeleke had a successful spell before joining the Valiants. The Spireites are in sixth place in the table and pushing for a play-off spot so they may see the addition of Oyeleke as helping their promotion ambitions.
The midfielder has been prominent in Vale’s impressive six game unbeaten spell and when fit the midfielder would be one of the first names on the teamsheet. However, his spell in Burslem has been overshadowed by injuries. He suffered hamstring and calf injuries in an injury-hit first season, while another hamstring injury restricted him to just six appearances in his season. If manager Darrell Clarke doesn’t see the midfielder’s long-term future at the club, a switch to Chesterfield doesn’t appear to be out of the question. It has been a financially challenging season for the club so a transfer fee for a player who may struggle to play the whole season could appeal to the Valiants.