Port Vale: Lee Hughes move off as Vale miss league loan deadline
MYSTERY surrounds the future of striker Lee Hughes, whose proposed loan deal with the Valiants was over before it had begun.
The Notts County star looked set to join Port Vale in a deadline-day move with a view to joining permanently in January.
But Vale missed Thursday's 5pm deadline for submitting the paperwork to the Football League, both for Hughes and another, unnamed player.
"These deals were put together very late in the day and we were working to an extremely tight schedule," said a Vale spokesman.
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"Unfortunately, due to a number of circumstances, the club missed the deadline by three minutes."
Vale are not saying whether boss Micky Adams will move for the players again during the January transfer window.
But although County snapped up former Stoke striker Chris Iwelumo on loan from Watford as an apparent replacement for Hughes, their chief executive Jim Rodwell said he was happy to keep the veteran front man.
"A deal for Lee to go to Port Vale was discussed," he said, "but the paperwork did not go through in time. We're delighted he remains a Notts County player."
Centre-half Liam Chilvers, whose loan from Telford, also with a view to a permanent move, was completed in time on Thursday, is in the squad for today's clash at Aldershot.
VALE will be backed by a large following in next week's FA Cup clash at Sheffield United.
Having sold the last of their initial allocation of 2,000 tickets for the second-round tie yesterday, the club have taken up an option for 1,000 more.
They will be on sale at the ticket office from noon until 1.30pm today and from 9.30am until 1.30pm tomorrow, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under-21s and over-60s.