Walsall are contemplating a move for Bury’s Zeli Ismail during the transfer window.

The winger joined Walsall on loan during the 2017/18 season and boss Dean Keates isn’t ruling out a move to bring him to the club again on a permanent basis according to the Express and Star.

The winger’s club, Bury, have decided to release the player after they were relegated to League 2, meaning that if the Saddlers decide to sign him then he’ll be available on a free transfer.

The 24-year old impressed during his time at Walsall on loan, featuring 16 times for the club. He featured in 42 games in all competitions for both clubs during the 2017/18 campaign, bagging himself three goals and five assists.

After the player’s time with the Saddlers, he clearly left an impression on Dean Keates who has spoken out about the player to the Express and Star.

The Walsall manager said: “He (Ismail) is lively. He is somebody that, yes, we could look at him.

“But it’s still early days and there will be a lot of conversations going on. I’m interested in all good players coming to this football club.”

Ismail played for Wolves before his move to Bury, although he didn’t feature as much as he would have liked for the club. Instead, he spent most of his time out on loan, playing for clubs like MK Dons and Burton Albion.

Ismail finds himself without a club now after leaving Bury but he may not have to wait to find a new club for much longer if Walsall do decide to make a move for him.


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