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Uche Ikpeazu is a Valiant

4 October 2023

Club News

Uche Ikpeazu is a Valiant

4 October 2023

Port Vale Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Striker, Uche Ikpeazu.

The 6ft 3in striker has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at Vale Park until at least the summer of 2024.

Ikpeazu, 28, will be no stranger to Port Vale supporters after spending the first half of the 2015/2016 season with the Valiants on loan from Watford where he scored six goals across all competitions throughout his time with the club.


The powerful striker began his career throughout the youth ranks at Reading before turning down the offer of a professional contract to join now Championship side, Watford before going on to make his first professional career appearance for Crewe Alexandra.

Ikpeazu enjoyed his most prolific spell to date at Cambridge United where he scored 19 goals in 69 appearances across all competitions for the U’s prior to making the move north of the border to join Scotland Premiership outfit, Hearts.

Following a two-year stint in Scotland, Uche would make the move to then Championship side, Wycombe Wanderers before signing for Neil Warnock’s Middlesborough for an undisclosed fee prior to spells with Cardiff City and Konyaspor FC.

Speaking of the signing of Uche Ikpeazu, Port Vale FC Manager, Andy Crosby, said:

“I am excited to welcome Uche into the team. He joins the group to provide competition and goals at the top end of the pitch having scored goals in League One and in the Championship in recent seasons.

“As a person, Uche has an infectious personality and wants to push himself every day to become the best possible version of himself and we all look forward to working closely with him over the remainder of the season to help him achieve just that.”

Port Vale FC’s Director of Football, David Flitcroft, added:

“We have been in pursuit of Uche’s signature since we learned of his possible availability and I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to get it over the line. Once again the support from Carol and Kevin in bringing Uche to our club cannot be underestimated.

“Uche will be no stranger to supporters of Port Vale having spent a period of time at the club a few years ago and since then, he has gone on to improve himself and it’s a testament to his resilience, hard work and dedication that he has played for a number of Championship clubs. 

“Uche is a powerhouse of a player and provides us with another dimension that combines and compliments our other attacking options and we have brought him in at this stage of the season to provide further competition for places.

“At 28, Uche is at his prime physically and mentally. His infectious personality and character mirrors the squad ethos and I am sure that he will be just as much as a positive influence off the pitch as he is on it. 

“I would like to thank Uche’s agent, Oladele, for their cooperation in getting the deal over the line and we look forward to welcoming Uche and his family to Vale Park.”

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