"Walsall accept Bristol Rovers' offer for Bakayoko"

Walsall accept Bristol Rovers’ offer for Amadou Bakayoko

Walsall boss Dean Keates has confirmed that Amadou Bakayoko is on his way out after the club accepted a bid for the striker.

The deal we understand to be completed earlier next week by fellow League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

Sierra Leone-born forward was not part of the Walsall’s 2–1 winning squad at home over Plymouth on Saturday in the season’s opener.

The striker, 22, was the subject of a bid earlier this transfer window from Accrington Stanley but the newly promoted League 1 side failed to meet the Saddlers’ valuation.

Some sources suggest that Walsall will likely receive £100,000 – £150,000 with add-ons should Baka improve at Rovers and goes onto bigger things.

Bakayoko spent last season as Walsall’s first-choice striker, scoring eight goals in all competitions.

The former Southport, Telford and Worcester forward, was named the Saddlers’ 2016/17 Young Player of the Season.

The powerful frontman impressed for Walsall at youth level and received his first professional contract during the 2013/14 season.

He scored a hat-trick on his full Saddlers debut a 5-2 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Grimsby in August 2016 – and went on to plunder a further seven goals that campaign.

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