PAUL Cook will be busy this week trying to shake up the squad he criticised after the lead-to-loss game at Wycombe Wanderers.
Brighton loanee Brennan Dickenson has already returned to Brighton whilst Jay O’Shea (MK Dons) is also at the end of his loan deal. Cook would like to keep the Irishman but he will be wanting Walsall to keep hold of Craig Westcarr, his loan having ended, to free up the cash to convert O’Shea’s stay into a permanent deal.
Transfer-listed Jack Waddle has joined Sheffield FC on loan and Cook wants to offload defenders Neal Trotman and Terrell Forbes plus striker Scott Boden.
However, Forbes could come back into the manager’s thinking as Drew Talbot looks to have picked up a foot injury at a time when he was also interesting Doncaster Rovers.
Cook is desperate to get hold of a new striker and a tough midfielder, but many other clubs are also chasing those type of player. The possible loss of Talbot, for short or long term, will also mean the need for a new right back as well.
Conor Townsend’s loan from Hull ends in a couple of weeks and looks set to be extended though the Tigers want to keep him long term whilst Luis Boa Morte’s short term deal ends at the end of this month.