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Businessman Mike Newton considers Stockport investment

Mike Newton
Stoke-born Mike Newton tried to take control of Port Vale last summer

BBC Radio Stoke understands that Potteries-born New York businessman Mike Newton could be lining up an offer for League Two side Stockport County.

Newton failed with a £500,000 bid for Port Vale last year, but could now turn his attentions to Edgeley Park.

And he has reportedly already lined up Vale number two Geoff Horsfield.

"I think Mike Newton is taking over at Stockport. He supposedly wants me to go over there. I don't know what's going to happen," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I'm contracted to Vale and I'm happy here.

"I love the fans and the club and I just want to do well and finish the job off that Micky Adams got me involved in."

Much-travelled striker Horsfield joined Vale under new boss Adams in July 2009 in his first coaching role under Micky Adams, as player-assistant manager.

But, following Adams' departure to Sheffield United in January, and the appointment of Jim Gannon as the new manager at Vale Park, Horsfield's future has been uncertain.

The 37-year-old's Vale contract runs out this summer.

Newton declined to comment when contacted by BBC Radio Stoke.

Managerless Stockport are 23rd in League Two, in danger of being relegated from the Football League - 17 points (and 16 places) adrift of Vale.

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