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Amadou Bakayoko move frees up Dean Keates’ options at Walsall

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall boss Dean Keates says Ama Bakayoko’s move to Coventry has given him more “freedom” in the transfer market as he works to bring in a player on deadline day.

Dean Keates

The window for permanent transfers closes at 5pm today, however clubs in the Football League can still make loan additions until the end of the month.

Walsall could also sign free agents after the deadline passes.

But Keates’ options have increased after Bakayoko was sold to a Coventry for a fee between £150,000 and £200,000.

“It’s a bit strange there are two windows,” Keates said.

“But we are pressing on and are hopeful we can get one or two in ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

“Ama’s move gives us a little bit more freedom with one or two. There were still targets there. I had options based on what Ama decided.

“We added Morgan (Ferrier) last week and Ama could have turned the deal down and if he had he would have come back in.

“We are pressing on but there is still the option to go for the out of contract players and loan players until the end of August so is it actually a transfer window?”

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With Bakayoko having moved on, Keates said he is on the hunt for a striker with youngsters Mitch Candlin and Dylan Parker now back up to Ferrier and Andy Cook.

“We’re definitely looking for a striker,” the boss added.

“We have got two lads in there with Mitch and Dylan. But they are still very young and are still learning their trade.

“They have only just stepped up from the youth team. It’s a lot to ask of them to be able to play week in, week out or to be pushing for a start.

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“They need a lot of work and a lot of developing. But they will have opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Bakayoko took to social media to thank Walsall fans for their support during his time with the club.

“The last few days have been he hardest in my career to date,” he said.

“Departing the club after six-year, I have made great friends and would like to thank all the staff members who have helped me and also the supporters that supported through the ups and downs.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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