By Danny Wright
Port Vale’s newly appointed manager Michael Brown has wasted no time in declaring his interest in signing Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker.
The League One club’s boss has been impressed by what the 20-year-old has done at Vale Park in his loan spell there in the second half of the season.
Walker began his temporary spell at the Stoke-based club by scoring two goals and bagging an assist in his first two appearances.
However after just six appearances, the former Burton loanee had his season cut short by injury and has failed to play against since.
Port Vale have missed Walker in his absence and their relegation to League Two was confirmed on Sunday as they failed to beat promotion-chasing Fleetwood.
Brown, 40, was appointed as permanent Vale boss on Wednesday after being the club’s caretaker manager since Bruno Ribeiro resigned from his position in December.
Derby midfielder Callum Guy, another one of Vale’s January loan signings, is also on Brown’s shopping list.
“We would love to have Callum back, no question, and Tyler. We enjoyed working with them and I think they enjoyed it here. We as a club would love to have them back and hopefully we could,” said the Vale boss, as quoted by the Stoke Sentinel.
Walker spent the first half of the season on loan with League Two club Stevenage, where he played nine games and scored four goals.
He’s made 22 first-team appearances for Forest since rising through the ranks of the academy, scoring two goals.
Football Insider Verdict
Forest need to be very careful with Walker because he can be a really good prospect for the club and spending a lot of his time injured could play havoc with his development. Brown had made quite the statement of intent in publically admitting that he wants to sign the 20-year-old, but ultimately it will depend upon what league Mark Warburton’s side are in next season. Walker showed that he can be capable of playing in League One until his injury, and if Forest get relegated then it might be worth giving him a shot in the first-team. However if they manage to stay up, another loan spell to the third-tier could be an option.
In other Nottingham Forest news, this 24-year-old has announced his possible City Ground exit in a Facebook post.