Liverpool and Southampton look set to miss out on Port Vale’s Luke Daley, with the 16-year-old set to join Huddersfield instead.
The Premier League sides had been linked with the exciting young winner, but reports in the Stoke Sentinel suggest he’s now due to make a move to the Terriers.
Daley will earn the Valiants a fee, having been with the club for eight years. They had offered him a new deal, which again adds to the value of the fee they’ll be given when the switch is confirmed.
The left-sided player has caught the eye in their Under 16 side this season, with Port Vale academy manager Sevvy Aslam saying; “Luke is a lad from Liverpool. He came in on trial at eight years old and we signed him as an under nine. Fast forward eight years to under 16s and we have just offered him a scholarship.
“We had heard what clubs were interested in him. He would attract the attention because he is a winger that gets you on the edge of your seat because he loves taking players on and then he has a good delivery.”
The Valiants are in a good place at the moment, having finally got rid of despised former owner Norman Smurthwaite.
They’ve been taken over by Kevin and Carol Shanahan, the latter a lifelong supporter. Vale Park has also been brought back under the club’s ownership, meaning they can finally look forward to a bright future.
Albeit without Luke Daley.
This is the natural order of things. The truly talented kids get picked up by bigger clubs, even if their development has been carried out elsewhere.
It’s a big boost for Vale, their coaches have clearly done a great job and they’ll be well rewarded too. it’s a shame they can’t retain his services and give him his first team debut, but that’s the life of a League Two club at times.