Reports link Millwall with move for Port Vale striker Pope

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MILLWALL have been credited with an interest in Port Vale striker Tom Pope.

Reports in Staffordshire claim that Pope, who has scored nine goals already this campaign, is being chased by both the Lions and League One side Barnsley.

The 29-year-old is expected to leave the Valiants next summer when his contract expires.

But clubs keen on signing Pope could sign him on loan now before buying him in January.

Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has hinted that Millwall recently made an approach for the forward but that a deal could not be agreed.

"It is a compliment to the player if anyone comes in," Smurthwaite told the Stoke Sentinel.

"Barnsley is not such a compliment but I don't mean to be derogatory about Barnsley.

"But there is a Championship club, and it looks like there may be another one approaching as well.

"That is more than a compliment, it is a testament to who he is.

"We are at the wrong level to be talking about these so called transfer fees.

"There is a break clause in his contract which pays an amount of money, but that wouldn’t have been paid by Barnsley and it wouldn't have been paid by the Championship club."

Pope scored 16 goals last season and 33 the year before that, albeit in League Two.

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36 thoughts on “Reports link Millwall with move for Port Vale striker Pope

  • October 13, 2014 at 12:10
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    I would be incredibly pleased with this signed to be honest! Come on JB, get your wallet out!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 23:23
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      @MillwallLad123: Dunno what the dislikes are all about who the hell doesn't want a youngish proven goal scorer. I've seen him play a couple of times and think he would be a fantastic addition. Come on JB/AA/IH please make this happen. There isn't any faith in Marquis which is a shame as I thought he did ok against Southampton so he should be sold. O'Brien is good but still very young and we should not put to much pressure on him. Ranegie is ok but a loan player, injured for quite a while maybe should be sent back if there is no intention to sign him, which leaves Gregory who is a gem but if something happens to him we lose our only natural goal scorer and Fuller who cant last 90 mins and I doubt will reach double figures this is a no brainer for me. COYL

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:22
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    This is the type of player we need.
    Pay what they're asking. He'll go elsewhere otherwise.
    Let's see if Millwall are serious about not being in another relgation dogfight this year.
    Come on !!!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:28
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    him and gregory in a two pronged attack will be our ings and vokes and get us that last play off spot! ranejie and fuller will get us relegated. your choice j.b ?

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:29
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    Are you F**king serious!

    Seeing this has just ruined my day.

    I would like to ask why is it impossible for us to sign a striker below the age of 27 with AT LEAST league 1 experience.

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    • October 13, 2014 at 14:46
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      @Dazi: What's wrong with our usual policy? Just give him another 4 or 5 years and we can bring him in for nothing.

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    • October 13, 2014 at 17:35
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      @Dazi: 29 years old lower league player just what we expect at the den , Harford said in the summer we were going after young pacy strikers, what happened there then !

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:32
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    Why did we sign Lee Gregory??

    Can't see us getting Pope - he's too well known others clubs will be all over him - clubs who get their cash out!! come on JB/AA/IH - prove me wrong!!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:34
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    I was taking the p*** for those unsure.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:36
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    As I said in summer get him but people said no and now look class player be a 20 goal a season man 29 but still got it go on a few more year 33 -35 the man we need then set sight on top 6 finish come on Pope you want to come to us milllllll

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:38
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    Is the POPE religious! COYL!!!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 12:43
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      Pope Gregory Angel. A holy trinity.

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      • October 14, 2014 at 09:09
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        @NICKOLA: And that leaves it for me to take the joke one step too far...their manager is Ian Holy-Way. I'll apologise for that one right away.......:-)

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:31
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    So it looks like there trying to auction him of in the jan sales..and we got a crap record with this type of thing..puncheon.woods. comes to mind..

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    • October 14, 2014 at 11:17
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      @Jim28: Questions is, can Holloway convince him not to chase the money, at his age that will be difficult.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:38
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    I reckon half a million buy out clause and I dont think we'll pay it.
    Love to be wrong.

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    • October 13, 2014 at 13:48
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      @wall2wall: That being the case then AA could negotiate a payment plan. Playing TWO up front and putting those carthorses out to graze is going to put a few hundred on the gate. Simples.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 13:58
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    A guy I work with, who's a port vale fan, was on the lash in Blackpool and Tom Pope was there and Tom Pope said that a fee in the region of £500,000 is what Port Vale want but and their chairman is wanting to sell him to Millwall but we don't want to pay that fee. Also Pope has said that he does not want to move club but the chairman wants to cash in now. Be a decent signing but cant see him scoring much and he will get home sick and wont be happy

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    • October 13, 2014 at 14:39
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      @knowlesy_mfc: you can understand the club wanting to cash in now rather then wait till the end of the season.pope contract expires..has for getting home sick..once he starts scoring & see's how the fans would welcome him..he'll want to stay

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  • October 13, 2014 at 15:32
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    ve been told from a good source at port vale football club that our offer for pope was A giant 40ft x 30ft flat screen tv(bought as seen )two mountain bikes hardly used (no receipts)and Justin Hoyte .(hardly used)

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    • October 13, 2014 at 15:40
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      @mfc2u: it was going well until u mentioned hoyte

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    • October 13, 2014 at 15:54
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      @mfc2u
      If the jumbotron goes back up then we will know that our bid failed.
      I heard that they had lost the remote control for it. Wouldn't mind but it's probably the size of a small child.

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    • October 14, 2014 at 09:11
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      @mfc2u: That had me laughing for a good 10 mins....still smiling

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  • October 13, 2014 at 15:46
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    I suspect we'll dither around over this one and lose out as usual, probably to Rotherham or Blackpool.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 16:33
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    Pope is a great player and will probably continue to be for 2-3 seasons, will we recoup our fee if we sell him on...probably not. Will we be successful with him in current form in the next two years...yep, you better believe it! He is not dissimilar to Murray when he moved from Brighton to the Nigels, and he is still going strong.

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    • October 14, 2014 at 19:14
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      @glyngo:
      He is not a 'great player' due to my job I have seen him play live plenty of times and I promise you that 'great' , he is not.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 16:52
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    Same ole millwall, will not pay out any money, where does it all go? IH will not put up with it for too long.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 18:08
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    Scoring goals down below but he's 29 ffs. Unless we can get him on the cheap it's just another sticking plaster on a gaping wound.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 18:39
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    A lot of people have said we should've tried to sign him ages ago. Maybe we did.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 19:38
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    Ive got more chance meeting the pope,

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  • October 13, 2014 at 19:59
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    "Barnsley is not such a compliment but I don't mean to be derogatory about Barnsley." - hehe err just a bit of a slap there!

    The fact we are looking shows the 'strikers' we have on the whole have not worked. The price of staying in the Championship is probably what is being asked and the board/mgr know we can't afford to drop a division. Had all summer...

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  • October 14, 2014 at 09:48
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    Looks a really nice bolke...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hebOS559ZE

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  • October 14, 2014 at 19:13
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    No, just no. In 2 years people will be calling him 'old' , we already have 2 big strikers, who are better players than him, who can't get any service to score goals. So what's the point of going for another big lump who won't get any crosses or decent through balls? Take the blinkers off, he's no better than akinfenwa.

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    • October 14, 2014 at 23:40
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      @82wall: i've.seen pope on u tube scoring his goals against morcambe & the rest..i agree he has scored alot of goals but as a championship striker NO..your a ageing striker go to barnsley

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      • October 15, 2014 at 00:56
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        @Jim28:
        Spot on, I wouldn't want him here.

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