Nottingham Forest Under 23 midfielder Jake Taylor is one player being targeted by Port Vale boss John askey as his side look to strengthen before next week’s transfer deadline, as reported by the Stoke Sentinel.
The midfielder is amongst other players the former Macclesfield boss is keen to add to his ailing side’s ranks, with Jordan Archer and Shaun Brisley the other two.
Archer is a free agent following the demise of Bury this week and he’ll be looking to quickly tie up a deal and get playing football once again. Brisley played for Askey at Moss Rose and he’s been training with the Valiants during the summer. Taylor has also trained with Vale after the successful spell Adam Crookes spent there last season.
“Jake Taylor has been and trained with us, so we know all about Jake, and we have played against him and obviously we’ve got good contacts with Forest,” said Askey.
“And as soon as Bury went into liquidation, we looked at the players training with them. If we can get those over the line, we should have a squad capable of seeing us through to January.”
As for Brisley, Askey admitted he hadn’t worked with him at senior level, having seen him as a youth with the Silkmen in 2003/04.
“I never worked with him at first-team level, but he’s played in the Championship and at this level, so he’s got experience and someone like Shaun would be ideal for us because if we bought in another young one we could end up with a back four that’s too young.”
Vale are 16th in League Two, having won just one of their opening five league fixtures.
This would be a good move for Taylor; if he can get senior games under his belt then it’ll benefit all three parties.
We’ve seen successful Forest loans at this level before; Crookes at Port Vale and both Jorge Grant and Tyler Walker at Mansfield.
As for the other two players, they’d add depth and experience to the Valiants squad, something that can surely only be a good thing.