Port Vale chairman Bill Bratt has admitted he spoke to former boss Micky Adams on Wednesday as rumours regarding his return to the club continue to gather pace - but the pair did not discuss contracts.

Adams on Tuesday parted ways with Sheffield United, whom he joined in late December having been lured away from Vale Park by the attraction of managing the hometown club he has supported since his youth.

He has been linked with a return to Burslem, but Bratt told the Sentinel: "I spoke to Micky on Wednesday, but contract talks were not on the agenda as he has unresolved issues with Sheffield United."

However, Bratt has already admitted he is willing to consider Adams for the club's vacant managerial role, and it is believed they would be keen to get him back on board.

But it appears compensation issues at Bramall Lane may prevent any swift action being taken by the Valiants board.

Adams won just four of his 24 games in charge of the Blades, who will be playing npower League One football next season.

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