Port Vale manager encouraged in search for new striker



John Askey has been encouraged in his search for a striker as wage expectations start to come down.

The manager has made a goalscorer and a goalkeeper his leading priorities as he assembles his squad for the 2020/21 campaign.

Strikers tend to command the most money but Askey always felt players would become more affordable as the new season drew closer.

Asked about his search for a striker, he said: “We are still waiting, I am having a chat to someone (today), we will just have to wait and see.

“Now we are getting closer to the season, there seems to be one or two who are more accessible, not too far out of our reach, where there were probably a month or two ago.”

The introduction of a salary cap, which was voted through by League Two clubs on August 7, may also be controlling wages. The cap, which has been set at £1.5m for League Two, has been fiercely opposed by the PFA but was supported by an overwhelming majority of clubs. 

Askey has brought in former Salford striker Devante Rodney on a three-year deal and also has Mark Cullen and the club’s post-war record goalscorer Tom Pope on the books.

Cullen missed Saturday’s 2-1 friendly defeat at home to Blackpool as a precaution because of an ankle knock but returned to action in the friendly at Fleetwood on Tuesday and impressed Askey in the 2-1 win.

Vale are awaiting the 2020/21 fixtures which will be published on Friday morning. The league season begins on the weekend of September 12, but is preceded this season by cup matches.

Askey’s side have been drawn away to Scunthorpe in the first round of the Carabao Cup on the weekend of September 5 and will then play their opening group game of the EFL Trophy on September 8 or 9. Vale have been put into a group with Liverpool under-21s, Wigan and Tranmere.





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