Hartlepool Utd target Michael Brown signs for Port Vale

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HARTLEPOOL United transfer target Michael Brown has signed a one-year deal with Sky Bet League One side Port Vale.

Pools manager Colin Cooper had identified Brown as a summer transfer target but he has decided to sign for Micky Adams’ Vale side, who play in the third tier of English football.

It is understood Cooper had asked for a decision from the Hartlepool-born midfielder by the end of the week as preparations continue ahead of the new season.

It was confirmed yesterday afternoon that Brown had signed for Port Vale, where he will combine playing with coaching the reserve team.

Brown, 37, is a combative central midfielder with a wealth of experience, having played for Premier League sides Manchester City, Tottenham and Fulham and Wigan when they were in the top flight.

Brown, who was also interesting Sky Bet League Two side Bury, also enjoyed two spells at Portsmouth and was last season playing Championship football for Leeds United.

Vale manager Micky Adams told his club’s website: “Michael will also combine playing with coaching the reserve team when fixtures permit.”

Former Premier League midfielders Jonathan Greening and David Prutton have also been heavily linked to Pools and remain on Cooper’s radar.

Cooper has previously told SportMail that he is looking to add one or two more experienced players to his squad.

Meanwhile, former Hartlepool United forward James Poole is on trial with Melbourne City FC, currently in the UK on a 17-day pre-season tour.

The Hyundai A-League outfit have been based at Manchester City’s training ground. Poole started his career as a youth player at Man City before signing for Pools.

He left this summer after turning down the offer of a new contract.

Poole scored in Melbourne’s 2-2 draw with Bury FC earlier this week.

Melbourne City were due to face Oldham Althetic at Boundary Park this afternoon.

John van’t Schip’s side - who have signed former Newcastle United and Fulham midfelder Damien Duff - will also play Bolton Wanderers during their tour.