Transfer Deal Collapses as Walsall Boss Pulls The Plug
As he looks to restructure his side following a season of struggle, Walsall boss Dean Keates has spoken to the press and revealed that he had hoped to make his third signing of the summer earlier this week only for the player in question to ask for more money at the eleventh hour.
Keates, who is preparing to take charge of his first season as Saddlers manager. has already added to his attacking line with the signing of Tranmere Rovers' National League top-scorer Andy Cook and Burnley winger Josh Ginnelly and was about to land another as-yet unnamed man before his people began to move the goalposts.

Dean, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "I thought I had something over the line on Tuesday. They wanted more money. We agreed. Then they want more again. They kept moving the goalposts and I got to the point where I felt enough was enough. I pulled out myself and said they were being unrealistic.

"I thought the deal was agreed. It was written up. And then they come back and ask for X, Y and Z. You get to the point where you think, ‘If you are going to keep doing those things’ you’re not the type of person I want at the football club. If you’re going to go back on something you said you wanted when we have got to a point where all parties are happy – to then move the goalposts, I didn’t feel that was right."

Dean went on to reveal that he has got a few offers out there and expects business to pick up as the new season draws near, he continued; "We have got a few things in the pipeline and a few offers out there. But it’s that time of year – it’s silly season. There are players and agents out there who want to use you as a bit of leverage. But a lot of players are still away on holiday. A lot want to have a bit of a break from football and think over their options. Things then pick up when they come back."
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