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Walsall unlikely to make deadline day signings

Walsall are unlikely to make any signings before the end of the transfer window, manager Darrell Clarke has confirmed.

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke

After bringing in 18-year-old winger Jack Nolan and defensive midfielder Nathan Sheron, the Saddlers have been targeting a more experienced wide player this month.

But after missing out on some targets to other clubs, Clarke has said the club have no deals in the pipeline before tomorrow's 11pm deadline – although he insists he will keep looking until the window has closed.

"I'd have taken the right, experienced permanent wide player," he said.

"I don't want to bring any more loans in and I don't want to bring any more development players in from other football clubs – I don't see any point.

"I'd only be interested in the right sort of permanent wide player.

"As it stands we were in for a few but they chose other football clubs for different reasons, that's football, that's life.

"I won't go and waste money for the sake of wasting money.

"If we have to work with the squad that we've got, we will.

"We have younger players coming through, which is very important at Walsall.

"We won't spend money willy-nilly and we'll save it for a rainy day if need be.

"We're always looking, I'm still looking without a shadow of a doubt.

"The chairman is well aware of what we're trying to do and he's fully behind it.

"He's also appreciative that we won't go in and just pluck somebody up so people can have a smile on their face and say 'oh brilliant we have a new signing in'.

"It has to be right for the football club and in certain aspects I'm looking after the football club more than myself.

"I think it's the right thing to do if we don't get the right player."

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