Norman Smurthwaite, Chairman of Port Vale, says that the club are willing to break their wages budget to sign Newcastle’s out of contract Remie Streete.
However, he says that the fans have to show their support and then he will make this signing his first ‘direct investment’.
Never given a single minute of first team action at Newcastle, Streete impressed in a short-term loan at Port Vale last season, only for Newcastle to recall him as cover due to the small squad at United and injuries striking, not helped by letting Mapo Yanga-Mbiwa go out without signing a replacement.
Despite being recalled to Tyneside, the defender who grew up in South Shields still didn’t get any opportunity to play. The end of January seeing him become one of the ‘Rangers five’ but cruelly injury struck on his first appearance for the Glasgow club and that was the end of his contribution north of the border.
The player’s agent Joseph Donkor believes that despite Newcastle not giving Remie Streete his chance, the player can be playing in the Premier League within two seasons:
“There has been interest in Remie since it came out that he was available.
“I have not spoken to anyone at Port Vale yet, but I know he enjoyed his time there; that was where he played football properly last season.”
Will be a Premier League player in 2 years:
“We will see what clubs are out there. It will be about developing his football and I do believe he will be a Premier League player in the next two years, but he needs to be playing football week in, week out.”
Port Vale’s owner Smurthwaite says that Port Vale could have afforded Streete on loan had he signed a new deal at Newcastle but he would be willing to personally fund a deal which would almost certainly break the club’s £1.7m wage budget.
With season tickets on sale, the club’s owner said:
“If I see the support of the fans then this (signing Remie Streete) will be the first of my direct investment.”