Port Vale: Could Liam Dickinson be the real deal for Micky Adams?
PORT Vale are believed to be in a three-way battle for striker Liam Dickinson.
The 26-year-old is a free agent after being released by Southend at the end of the season, and Vale boss Micky Adams appears keen on him as he looks for a replacement for last season's top scorer, Marc Richards.
Dickinson's agent, Vale old boy Phil Sproson, confirmed they were one of three clubs who had shown an interest in the 6ft 3in frontman.
"A club from League One are involved, and one other club from League Two as well," he said.
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"We are in the process of meeting them all and we will then sit down and see which club suits Liam best."
Sproson said Dickinson was keen to move from Essex to be closer to his family, who are based in Salford.
"We will meet everyone," he added, "but we'll take our time because it's an important move for the lad.
"Port Vale are still in administration at the moment, so we will have to keep a close eye on that.
"But once it is sorted out, it will then be up to Liam."
Dickinson first made a name for himself with Stockport, playing a key role as the Hatters won promotion to League One via the play-offs in 2008.
A record of 35 goals in 60 starts earned him a £750,000 move to Derby, and loan spells at Huddersfield and Blackpool offered a glimpse of his potential.
A third loan, this time to Leeds, was less successful and a £300,000 switch to Brighton followed in 2009.
Dickinson scored six goals in 21 appearances, but went on loan to Peterborough and was then sold to Barnsley.
Further short stays at Walsall and Rochdale were followed by an abortive move to Plymouth, before the striker joined Southend at the start of last season.