West Bromwich Albion defender Kyle Howkins is being tracked by Port Vale ahead of a potential loan move, according to the Stoke Sentinel. 

Howkins spent time on loan at Vale Park last season and Vale boss Nigel Aspin is keen on resigning the Baggies youngster.

The 22 year old had a knee operation after the season had ended and began his comeback as he featured for Albion in a pre-season friendly at Chasetown this evening.

Aspin has not hidden the fact that he would still like to sign two more players on loan before August 31st and Howkins is one of them.

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Despite his injury problems last season, he still did more than enough to impress the Vale faithful and would be an astute acquisition as they look to mount a promotion challenge.

After joining the Valiants in the January transfer window, Howkins made 10 appearances in League Two, scoring one goal for the club.

He also spent time on loan at Cambridge United last campaign, but was restricted to just two appearances at the Abbey Stadium as injuries plagued his loan spell.

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Port Vale host Cambridge as they kick off their season in the fourth tier, but it is highly unlikely that Howkins will be a Vale player by then.

Despite not being able to show new boss Darren Moore what he can do, it is doubtful that he would make the Albion first team as they prepare for life back in the Championship.

Vale are chasing the Baggies man and have until the end of August to secure his services for the coming season.

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