Keates Set to Explore the Loan Market as Season Opener Edges Ever Closer

As he continues to prepare for this weekend's season-opening clash with Plymouth Argyle, Walsall boss Dean Keates has spoken to the local press confirmed that he has missed out on a few new signings but remains confident that he'll add to his squad before the first game of the season.
Keates, who currently has just one fit central defender to select from, is said to be keen to add two defenders, a midfielder, and a striker to his side before the Transfer Window closes, but is struggling to get players over the line with so many other clubs also looking to add numbers to their squads.

The manager, who has already added striker Andy Cook, goalkeeper Chris Dunn, and wingers Josh Ginnelly, and Zeli Ismail to his squad, also admitted that he may be forced to agree loan deals as the window to sign players continues to shorten, but is still keen to sign players on a permanent basis.

The manager, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "I’d like to think we’ll add a few bodies this week. A few have not worked as we had hoped. One or two have not fallen our way. But that is part and parcel of the job. There maybe a loan or two added but we’re still keen to add permanent signings."
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