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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 January 2008, 16:21 GMT
Vale sign Villa reserve striker
Port Vale
Port Vale manager Lee Sinnott has made his sixth signing of the January window by bringing in Aston Villa reserve striker Tobias Mikaelsson on loan.

And the 19-year-old Swede admitted that Chris Herd's loan move from Villa to Vale last week had been a factor.

"I first knew of Vale's interest two days ago when Chris Herd spoke to me about it," said Mikaelsson. "But I didn't need much persuading.

"It's a chance for first team football, and I see it as a good opportunity."

New Vale boss Sinnott has already brought in another Premiership youngster Adam Eckersley from Manchester United and Scunthorpe United defender Dave Mulligan. And he last week signed two players from FA Cup heroes Chasetown, Chris Slater and Kyle Perry.

I like to think I'm an intelligent type of player with decent technique and decent pace

Vale new boy Tobias Mikaelsson

And Mikaelsson hopes he can play his part in saving relegation-haunted Vale from the drop to League Two.

"I have scored a lot of goals in the reserves at Villa," he told the Port Vale website. "And I hope to do the same in my time at Port Vale.

"I like to think I'm an intelligent type of player with decent technique and decent pace.

"I came over from Sweden two and a half years ago before coming over to Aston Villa. I feel you can get a better football education over here."

Port Vale snap up Chasetown duo
11 Jan 08 |  Port Vale
Vale bring in defender Mulligan
09 Jan 08 |  Port Vale
Vale sign Villa youngster on loan
09 Jan 08 |  Port Vale
Port Vale complete Eckersley deal
01 Jan 08 |  Port Vale


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