Port Vale: All quiet on the transfer front, predicts Paul Wildes
PAUL Wildes believes he has helped build a squad capable of winning promotion as he prepares for a relatively quiet end to his first transfer window as Port Vale chairman.
Vale are still pursuing a couple of young players to add to their squad before today's 11pm deadline, but Wildes is already happy with their business this month.
Darren Purse, Lee Hughes, Chris Birchall and Dan Jones have all been brought in, while Wildes thinks the club have also made good contacts for future deals.
He said: "We have had a good transfer window and done what we wanted to do.
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"There are still some irons in the fire, but the most important thing was to make sure we had a squad capable of winning promotion.
"We have reinforced areas where we needed to and now we are looking to the future.
"It's a lot more difficult when we're talking about younger players because we would like to avoid a tribunal situation, but if we can't do it today, we will revisit these in the summer."
Wildes laughed off speculation linking hot-shot striker Tom Pope with a £50,000 move to Championship side Peterborough United.
But dealing with rumours has become as routine as working with agents – and Wildes says he has no problems in that regard either.
"This month has not been too different from trying to recruit the right people in the business world, apart from having agents," he added.
"I have had no complaints about agents, though. The good agents who we have worked with can oil the wheels and we will be working with them again.
"Micky was well prepared, and good financial resources helped. Everyone knew we were open for business and agents know they can bring quality clients to us.
"It won't be any different in the future. People now know we are relatively easy to deal with and hopefully we are building a decent reputation."