Port Vale: Valiants look to hit transfer trail once takeover is completed
A NEW striker could be top priority in a list of potential targets for Port Vale.
Boss Micky Adams is keen to boost his threadbare squad once the Paul Wildes' takeover of the club has been completed – and has several players in mind.
Wildes is hoping to complete his purchase by the end of the month, which would allow Adams to enter the loan market ahead of the January transfer window.
The club have been unable to add new signings because they are in administration.
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"Once the takeover is sealed, it will be like someone unlocking the handcuffs," said assistant Mark Grew.
"With having to operate with such a small squad, we've been fearing injuries and suspensions because we could do little about it.
"When the deal is completed, we'll be able to.
"We've been looking at players and we've got a number of people we'd like.
"It would be nice to bring in a couple of players into the squad."
Strikers Liam Dickinson, Tadhg Purcell and Darren Byfield all spent time with the club in the summer, but deals couldn't be completed.
And that is the area Grew admits will be at the forefront of the management's minds when they are given the green light to add new faces.
"We'll perhaps look to boost our options up front," he said. "If you look at our squad, it's a bit light on that front.
"If Tom Pope got injured, that would be a massive loss to us. Ben Williamson is a different type of player, so we might have to look in that area for that type of player.
"If we could guarantee keeping the same 20 players that we have fit, then we might not need anyone new."
Grew also revealed the club would be likely to appoint a new chief scout when the Wildes deal goes through.
"That's one department which we need to improve and the gaffer has got it in hand," he said.
"We need to get someone in with plenty of knowledge to run it, someone with a scouting network of their own."