The Rumour Mill: Leeds, West Ham and Boreham Wood Players Linked The Rumour Mill: Leeds, West Ham and Boreham Wood Players Linked
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The Rumour Mill: Leeds, West Ham and Boreham Wood Players Linked

As we edge closer to the end of the 2019/20 campaign - the EFL and FA are likely to ratify the League Two clubs' decision to end the season here very soon - Darrell Clarke's Saddlers are being linked with a number of new signings.
Today's potential signings range from a home-grown prospect to a well-travelled young striker with Leeds United, West Ham United and Boreham Wood players said to be on the Saddlers' transfer radar.

In a report which should probably be taken with a large pinch of salt, the Saddlers have been linked with Leeds United defender Oliver Casey, with the 19-year-old potentially available for transfer this summer.

Leeds-born Casey made his way through the academy ranks at his hometown club and, after impressing for Leeds' Under-18s and Under-23s, signed a two-year professional contract in November 2018.

Olly went on to make his professional debut just over a year after turning pro as he was an 85th-minute substitute as Leeds defeated Huddersfield Town to go top of the Championship on Saturday, 7th December 2019,

With many clubs having to face up to the prospect of a much-reduced transfer budget next season, we are likely to see a large amount of prospects unexpectedly released into the wild as clubs will not be able to retain them with the hope of chasing in later down the line.

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has already stated that he is likely to be operating with a younger selection of players next season and may well be keen to add to the ranks with players such as Casey offering little in the way of financial risk.

Clearly, there are going to be countless rumours released over the coming weeks and months and, hopefully, we'll soon have more in the way of clarity as to how the season will end and the manager will either have to prepare for a return to action or begin to shape his side for the 2020/21 campaign.


Walsall have also been named among a host of EFL clubs said to be keen on securing the signature of Boreham Wood striker Kabongo Tshimanga.

Joined in the hunt by the likes of Carlisle United, Salford City and Stevenage, the Saddlers will no doubt be linked with a plethora of players over the coming days, weeks and months as manager Darrell Clarke looks to shape his side ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Kinshasa born Tshimanga, a product of Milton Keynes Dons' academy system, has an extensive list of former clubs as he enjoyed several loan spells whilst with the Stadium:MK side.

22-tear-old Kabongo's list of temporary teams includes Aldershot Town, Chelmsford City, Corby Town, Nuneaton Town, Chesham United, Throttur Reykjavik and Yeovil Town earning him plenty of experience despite his tender years.

After being released by MK Dons in 2017 Tshimanga soon found a new home with Boston United, and went on to make thirty-eight club appearances, scoring twelve goals before his twelve-month deal expired the following summer.

His next move was to Oxford City where he would secure another twenty-nine goals - from forty-eight appearances - enough to attract the attention of National League outfit Boreham Wood, who snapped him up on a two-year deal last summer.

Kabongo netted ten goals from fourteen appearances before the campaign was curtailed after the coronavirus pandemic saw the world forced to retreat to behind closed doors.


The third and final player to be linked in this edition of the Rumour Mill is West Ham United defender Dan Kemp.

21-year-old Kemp is a product of Chelsea's youth system having spent a decade at the club before joining the Hammers in 2015.

Dan, a former England Under-19 and Under-20 international, is yet to make a first-team appearance for West Ham but does have experience in the club's youth and Under-23 sides.

Kemp does have League Two experience however, as he has spent the last few months on loan  with struggling Stevenage, a club where he amassed six first-team appearances before coronavirus put paid to the 2019/20 campaign.
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