Walsall enquired about the availability of Wigan Athletic striker Callum Lang last month.

The Saddlers lodged their interest before he eventually joined League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan, as per a report by Vital Walsall.

Lang, who is 21 years-old, scored his first goal for Sam Ricketts’ Shrews on Tuesday.

He started his career at local side Liverpool and rose up through the youth ranks at Anfield before joining Wigan in 2013.

Lang made his senior debut for the Latics in an EFL Cup tie against Blackpool in August 2017 and has since made four more appearances for the North-West outfit.

He spent the 2017/18 season on loan in League Two at Morecambe to gain some first team experience and scored 10 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for Jim Bentley’s side.

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The highly-rated forward then joined Oldham Athletic on loan for the last campaign and managed to bag 16 in 50 games.

Lang was a man in-demand over the summer with it looking like Wigan would loan him out again. He did play twice under Paul Cook during the opening couple of weekends of the new season but the Championship eventually decided to send him to Shrewsbury in the third tier.

It would have been a blow for Walsall to miss out on a proven League Two goal scorer like Lang. However, you can appreciate the fact Wigan want to test him at a higher level now.


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