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Last Updated: Monday, 7 April, 2003, 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK
Vale fans to take control
Port Vale are expected to be in the hands of new owners on Monday, with fan-based consortium Valiant 2001 set to complete their takeover.

Valiant 2001 will put an end to weeks of uncertainty when they sign the contract that gives them the ownership of the Second Division club.

Football League rules meant they had to re-structure their financing despite being the preferred bidder but they finally have the money in place to complete a deal.

The move will also put an end to any interest from rival buyers Summerbank management, lead by businessman Brian Carter as well as Steve Ball and Ian McIntosh.

The Second Division club were placed into administration before Christmas with debts totalling around 2m.

Meanwhile, on the field Vale midfielder Marc Bridge Wilkinson will see a specialist to determine the extent of the knee injury that he sustained in the 1-0 win at Mansfield.

Bridge-Wilkinson limped off midway through the second half and could be ruled out for the rest of the season.





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