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Walsall transfer news: Jon Whitney still hopeful of signings

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Jon Whitney says he is still hopeful of adding to his Walsall squad despite missing out on a move for winger Danny Rowe.

The 24-year-old, who played for Macclesfield in their FA Cup win over the Saddlers back in November, rejected a move to the Banks's Stadium in favour of signing for Championship Ipswich.

Barnet recently made a £100,000 offer for Rowe with Walsall also making a cash bid for the player.

Derby, Rotherham and Port Vale are also believed to have been interested in the former Bolton youth player.

But while disappointed to miss out on the wideman, Whitney says he is still talking to other targets ahead of the transfer window closing tomorrow.

"One of my targets has gone so that won't be happening," the boss said.

"Danny Rowe. He went to Ipswich. I wasn't expecting them to come in and scupper me. But that is life.

"I am speaking to a couple of more people. But he was a good target and we bid cash for him.

"Ipswich came in though and I can understand the lad wanting to play for a Championship club. That is football.

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"But we have got a good, strong team. I'm trying to add a face but time is running out for me. I will be spending a lot of time on my phone ahead of Tuesday."

Meanwhile, Whitney has told his players to repeat their second half performance at Bury when they face Millwall on Wednesday.

The Saddlers found themselves 2-0 down at the half-time but lead 3-2 heading into stoppage time at Gigg Lane.

A late Tom Soares goal saw the home grab a point. Whitney though believes his team can take confidence from the performance heading into their clash at The Den.

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"In the second half we played with more freedom and no fear, that's when we are a really dangerous team," he said.

"We are showing now what kind of attacking threat we have.

"The lads were disappointed we didn't go on and win at Bury but we still have momentum going into Wednesday.

"Our energy second half was excellent. The fans that travelled gave us great support. They made all the noise.

"And we looked much fitter than Bury did which is really nice for me and important heading into Millwall."

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