McPhee still eyes Portugal move
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
McPhee has attracted the interest of a number of clubs during the close season, with Leeds United having a bid of their own turned down by Vale for the 23-year-old.
Bristol City were hoping to persuade McPhee that his future lies at Ashton Gate after Vale accepted a £175,000 fee for the player, but agent David Manasseh told the Stellar Group's official website that his client still intends to move to Mick Wadsworth's side in Portugal.
"I have this (Friday) afternoon spoken to Bristol City and explained Stephen's situation to them," said Manasseh.
"Despite the two clubs having agreed a fee, the fact remains that Stephen still wants to test himself at the highest level possible and he now has his heart set on playing in Portugal.
"However, it is extremely disappointing that, as I understand it, the offer accepted by Port Vale is only marginally higher than a previous bid from Leeds United, which was rejected immediately.
"Nevertheless, the plan remains for Stephen to sign for Beira Mar on his return from holiday next week."
It looks unlikely that the Coca-Cola League One club will be able to convince the Scot to stay in England and join The Robins, as their search for a new goalscorer for next season continues.
The news comes as Robins chairman Steve Lansdown played down the chances that the club would be able to sign Sunderland striker Marcus Stewart.
The former Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town hit-man is thought to want a return to his hometown with Bristol City - the club he supported as a youngster.
Stewart's agent approached Lansdown about a possible move and despite their interest, Lansdown believes the deal would be financially out of their reach.
"We were approached by Marcus's agent about whether we might be interested in signing him and the answer had to be yes," Lansdown told the club's official website.
"I spoke to Brian Tinnion about him and he is a player we would like in our squad.
"But it is already clear that the financial implications make the signing unlikely."