Port Vale: Anthony Griffith a wanted man as four clubs chase his signature
LEYTON Orient are leading a string of at least four clubs keen to snap up Port Vale midfielder Anthony Griffith.
The League One outfit have expressed an interest in the 25-year-old, who is one of 15 players from last season's Vale squad who are out of contract this summer.
Shrewsbury Town, Northampton Town and Bradford City are also said to be eyeing the combative holding player.
But it seems boss Micky Adams is not prepared to lose Griffith without a fight and is thought to have tabled improved terms in a bid to keep him at Vale Park.
And the fact Griffith's girlfriend, Sonia, is from the Potteries could also be a factor in his decision.
Sources close to the player said he had now gone on holiday to clear his head and think about his future.
Rumours of a possible switch to Rotherham United, where former Crawley boss Steve Evans is known to be an admirer, are thought to be wide of the mark.
Griffith was signed by then Vale boss Lee Sinnott on a free transfer from Doncaster in April 2008.
He spent much of his first season at the club playing at right-back under Dean Glover, but reverted to his favoured central midfield berth when Micky Adams joined Vale in 2009.
He flourished in that role, winning the player of the season award in 2009/10.
To date, he has a total of 182 Vale appearances to his name, including 47 last term.
Griffith's impressive performances alerted the West Indian island of Montserrat, where his father was born, and he made his international bow in a World Cup qualifieragainst Belize last June.
Orient boss Russell Slade is known to be in the hunt for a midfield enforcer.
He is keen to replace former skipper Stephen Dawson, who left the Matchroom Stadium to join Championship side Barnsley in January.