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Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes closing in on move to League Two

Glenavon star Mark Sykes.
Glenavon star Mark Sykes.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Mark Sykes is in discussions over a transfer to League Two.

Port Vale are understood to be in talks with the 21-year-old over a move that could be finalised in January. Port Vale currently sit 15th in League Two.

The Glenavon star is the latest Irish League player to be linked with a shift into full-time football, earned by his top drawer displays in the Irish League and also for Northern Ireland U21s.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton refused to comment on his hopes of keeping Sykes at Mourneview Park until the end of the season but did confirm a bid has been recently rejected.

"I can't comment on that in terms of, there have been a lot of clubs here watching him," he said of whether Sykes would see out the season at his current club. "Hibernian, Port Vale, Blackburn - I could rhyme them off. There have been loads of clubs watching. As of yet, we've only had one bid which was knocked back ten days ago."

Glenavon have central midfielder Robbie Norton on loan at Warrenpoint and Hamilton did hint that he could be recalled, should Sykes move on in the January window.

"We've got three or four weeks to go and we'll assess it," he said. "If Sykes goes, we'll need a midfielder in so that might change things but if Sykes stays, then Robbie needs game time. That's the reality of it."

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