Port Vale: Transfer interest not welcome at Vale, says Grew
PORT Vale have issued a 'hands off' message in a bid to ward off potential interest during the transfer window.
Assistant boss Mark Grew says the club have yet to receive any offers for their players – and insists they wouldn't be welcome.
Striker Tom Pope, whose 26 goals have helped push Vale to the top of League Two, was linked with a move to Championship strugglers Peterborough earlier this month.
But the likes of goalkeeper Chris Neal, plus wingers Jennison Myrie-Williams and Ashley Vincent have also turned in some eye-catching displays this season.
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"We've had no offers from anyone and that's the way we want to keep it," he said.
"We don't want anyone to table something we have to start thinking about.
"If we lost anybody, it would be a setback, but particularly Popey because of all his goals.
"I think he's happy here – he's always got a smile on his face anyway – but he's scored 26 goals and I would understand if he attracts attention.
"People might well come in for him, but there's nothing at this moment."
Vale have so far been more concerned with bringing players into their promotion-chasing squad.
Midfielder Chris Birchall, defender Darren Purse and striker Lee Hughes have joined the club since the window opened on January 1.
Grew said Vale's swift business meant there was no urgency to unveil further arrivals.
"Maybe we'll do something, but it's a balancing act," he added. "With the players we've brought in, we now have cover for every position in the squad, but we've still got a list of potential targets.
"We'll have to see what injuries we pick up over the next few games.
"There's no big rush to make another signing, but we can bring someone in if we need to."
Last weekend's 2-1 victory at Gillingham saw Vale unseat their Kent rivals at the summit. But, more importantly, it opened up a nine-point cushion over fourth-placed Rotherham.
With the Valiants in such a strong position, Grew admits failing to secure one of the three automatic promotion places would be seen as a failure after his side's excellent start.
"The play-offs would be a disappointment to us now," he conceded.
"Having done so well and been in the top two all season, I'd be lying if I said otherwise.
"We're at the top now and the onus is on other teams to catch us, so I'd be disappointed if we weren't in the top three at the end."