Race on for Richards

Vale striker out of contract this summer

Marc Richards: Being chased by a host of clubs with his contract due to expire

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Sky Sports understands a host of clubs are chasing Port Vale striker Marc Richards.

Richards is out of contract this summer and talks over a new deal have been delayed because of the club's financial problems.

The news has alerted a number of Championship and League One sides to his possible availability on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Richards is regarded as one of the best forwards in the lower leagues after scoring goals on a regular basis for Port Vale since arriving from Barnsley in the summer of 2007.

The former Blackburn man has been Vale's stand-out performer this season and is top scorer with 16 goals this term

Port Vale are thought to have rejected a couple of offers for their captain during the loan window in March and there is sure to be no shortage of takers for the 29-year-old this summer.