Port Vale sign striker and face more transfer decisions



Port Vale have signed striker Kurtis Guthrie on a deal until the end of the season.

The 27 year old has left Bradford by mutual consent, enabling Vale to pick him up in the transfer window.

The club were interested in the goalscorer before he left Stevenage for Bradford last year – but have now got their man.

He is the second signing this week after midfielder Jake Taylor arrived from Nottingham Forest on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The club went into this month’s window looking for a striker, but that became more urgent when Tom Pope was injured in Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy game at Sunderland.

Guthrie played for Forest Green and Colchester before joining Bradford after 18 months at Stevenage.

Vale’s post-war record scorer suffered a broken arm and damaged shoulder ligaments but finished the game because all the substitutes had already been used.

Guthrie’s arrival means Vale will have to de-register another of their players to comply with EFL rules.

The rules, brought in this season, say clubs can only register a maximum of 22 players over 21. Vale were at that limit before Jake Taylor signed so, when he arrived, Harry McKirdy was de-registered, meaning he can’t be selected for the rest of the season.

The club is also likely to be looking for a centre half in this month’s window to compete with Leon Legge, Shaun Brisley and Nathan Smith.

The owners’ decision to press on with transfer business despite not having a permanent manager is a sign of their faith in Danny Pugh who has been made interim manager. Pugh, who was first-team coach under John Askey, has taken over after Askey and asisstant Dave Kevan left the club 11 days ago.

Owner Carol Shanahan has suggested Pugh could stay in charge until at least the end of the season.





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