Port Vale: Micky Adams ready to dip into loan market as takeover decision draws near
PORT Vale are lining up a lightning raid on the loan market to boost their push for promotion.
Boss Micky Adams has two or three targets in mind, but faces a race against time to get the deals done.
The manager has so far been largely unable to boost his small squad due to the rules of administration.
But with Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite hoping to complete their takeover later today, restrictions on the club will be lifted.
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That would leave Adams with just two days before the loan window closes on Thursday night.
Assistant boss Mark Grew insisted there would be time to bring in new players and revealed some of the groundwork for potential deals had already been done.
Asked if there was a chance of new faces, Grew said: "Absolutely. There will be loans if we've got the chance.
"We've got a couple lined up and there are actually two or three players we're interested in.
"The gaffer has been given the go-ahead to bring in fresh faces once the takeover is completed and he's told the players that, so there could well be new arrivals."
Grew is looking for the current players to get back to winning ways tonight.
Second-placed Vale let a two-goal lead slip in Saturday's draw against York City and Grew is demanding a big improvement, particularly in defence, for the visit of struggling Bristol Rovers tonight (7.45pm).
"It didn't take a lot to figure out what went wrong on Saturday," he said. "We got into a great position, but two defensive lapses cost us dearly.
"We've got to cut out the poor defending and start keeping clean sheets – we can't keep expecting the forward lads to score three goals every game.
"The best defenders enjoy defending and not giving opponents chances, but we don't seem to have that mentality at the moment."
Grew is also keen to drum home the message about playing at a higher tempo.
"When we did that at the start of the season, we stopped people playing and having time on the ball. We need to get back to that."
Ashley Vincent returns from suspension, but Doug Loft remains sidelined by a calf injury.
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