Nottingham Forest youngster Jake Taylor is being monitored by League Two outfit Port Vale, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

The Reds Under-23 prospect has been training with John Askey’s team this week, although the report suggests that a loan move is not on the cards just yet.

Taylor can play either in midfield or at left-back and was a regular in Jimmy Gilligan’s team last season.

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The Forest academy star isn’t being considered for a loan move right not, but he did impress during the week’s training with the Valiants.

Askey told the Stoke Sentinel: “Jake came in and he did well. With the squad we have it is quite full, but if somebody went out then Jake is one that we would look at because I think he is a decent player.

“It is important now that we go with what we have got and see how we do. If we feel as though we need to strengthen in any area or somebody gets injured then that is still available to us up until September.”

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Should Taylor get the nod to sign for Port Vale it would see him follow in the footsteps of 21-year-old Adam Crookes.

The central defender went on loan to the club last season and has now been snapped up on a free transfer, following his release from Forest.

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If Taylor is offered the chance to go and play in League Two he should jump at the opportunity.

The fourth tier has proved a decent place for Forest’s youngsters to go and play in recent seasons.

Joe Worrall, Matty Cash, Tyler Walker and Jorge Grant have all enjoyed successful spells in the division in recent years.

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Adam Crookes might not have made it at the City Ground but his form at Vale Park earned him a permanent move following his release by the Reds.

Taylor could well graduate to the first-team one day, but the chance to hone is skills in men’s football would be a great opportunity for the youngster.

 

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