Sky Bet League Two club Port Vale are set to offer on-loan Aston Villa defender Mitchell Clark a deal at Vale Park in the summer according to reports by Birmingham Live.

The 20-year-old Nuneaton-born defender joined Vale in August on a loan deal for the rest of the season and the youngster has impressed manager John Askey.

Clark is out of contract with parent club Aston Villa in the summer and is unlikely to be offered a new deal. It has now been reported that Port Vale are keen to retain the services of the loanee for next season and the player is likely to be offered a permanent deal at Vale Park.

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The defender made his 40th appearance of the season in all competitions for Port Vale last weekend as the club beat Northampton Town 2-1 at Sixfields. The youngster has plenty of versatility to offer The Valiants with Clark able to operate in any position across the back line.

Clark joined parent club Aston Villa at just eight years of age and has graduated through the club’s academy system. The defender made his one and only senior appearance for the club in an EFL Cup tie against Wigan Athletic back in 2017.

It was previously reported that Clark was hoping for first team opportunities at Aston Villa next season following the expiry of his loan spell at Port Vale but at this stage, there is no guarantee that the player will be offered a contract extension by his parent club.

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