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Notts County in talks with out of contract League One defender

The Nottingham Post understands that Notts County are in talks to sign left back Carl Dickinson. The experienced defender has been offered a new contract at League One Port Vale, but has been asked to take a pay-cut.

John Sheridan, the recently appointed manager at the League Two club, is also hoping to sign a goalkeeper and a central midfielder this summer.

Sheridan left his role as manager of League One side Oldham Athletic to take on the job at Meadow Lane. It would appear he is targeting former Stoke City man Dickinson as one of his first signings. Dickinson has previously been captain at Vale Park.

In three seasons with the Stoke-based club, who are without a manager after Rob Page took the job at Northampton Town, Dickinson has made 143 appearances.

In 2013/14, he won the Supporters’ player of the season award. Although he has been offered a big pay-cut, he is said to be finding it hard to part way with the club he has spent so long with. However the financial aspect means he could be forced into moving on, even dropping into a lower level.

Last season alone he played 50 times in League One, and although he may feel he can still play at this level, the project at Notts County that Sheridan is looking to build come be seen as an attractive proposition. Who Port Vale name as their new manager could also have a big say in Dickinson’s eventual decision.

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