TOP CLUBS DIG GARDNER
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 19-year-old`s value has risen in the wake of an impressive display against Leeds in the FA Cup on Sunday and it is likely that a seven-figure bid would be enough to persuade Port Vale to off-load their biggest asset.
"Without a doubt it is going to be difficult for us to stop him going to a big club," admitted Horton and the vultures are already circling. Leeds themselves, Chelsea, Tottenham and Derby have all been monitoring the progress of the leggy centre half.
"I believe I could step up to the higher level and I would love to play in The Premiership sooner or later," said Gardner. "I love the way they play as the shorter passing game would suit me. Leeds are, without doubt, the best team I have played against and I felt I did quite well."
It seems only a matter of time before the Vale centre back is sold to a bigger club even though he only recently agreed a new deal with the First Division outfit.