Port Vale have joined the hunt for Bradford City’s prolific forward Jake Young, as reported by Alan Nixon via his Patreon.
The 22-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Bradford’s League Two rivals Swindon Town and hit a rich vain of form for The Robins, hitting the net on 16 occasions. Young’s performances and goal return led to a recall by his parent club and is now attracting the interest of sides in League One.
Vale’s interest is reportedly being rivalled by Exeter City and both clubs have hopes of completing a deal before the end of the winter transfer window. However, Bradford boss Graham Alexander has stated he intends to include the striker as soon as he is fit and any appearance for The Bantams will mean he cannot represent another side this season.
Vale currently sit in mid-table while the Grecians are just three points above the relegation places and neither have been prolific in front of goal. They will be looking for Young to alleviate those issues and continue the form he has shown at the County Ground.
The Huddersfield-born striker started his footballing journey at Guiseley before a short spell with Sheffield United. His first taste of Football League action came with Forest Green Rovers before a move to Valley Parade. The striker hasn’t found life easy with City and has been out on loan with Barrow prior to his stint at Swindon.
It is believed that Young has a contract until the summer of 2025 so his side are under no pressure to cash in during this window.
Bradford certainly haven’t had the season they had hoped for but are only five points outside he play-off spots with close to half the season left to play. Young’s electric form in front of goal at Swindon will be giving the Bantams management team and supporters hope that he can add to the goals of Andy Cook and fire them towards the top seven.
Young has surely been brought back with the intention of helping City and the club will be looking to hold on to his services. Any appearance for Bradford will end any possibility of a move but it remains to be seen what the player wants.