Port Vale boss Micky Adams insists reports the club have re-signed Chris Birchall are premature.
It was reported on Thursday that the former Vale midfielder had returned to Staffordshire to link back up with the League Two outfit.
However, while admitting he is hopeful of signing Birchall following his release by LA Galaxy, Adams has revealed talks over a proposed month-by-month deal are yet to be completed.
Adams told Vale's official website: "I was surprised to read Chris Birchall had signed because international clearance has not arrived and we are still to sort some other issues.
"I also smiled to myself when I saw he was playing for free - because you don't get anything for free in football.
"Hopefully we can get something completed but we aren't there yet."