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Walsall agree Mathieu Manset deal

27 August 2014

Walsall have signed striker Mathieu Manset on a free transfer after the deal was resurrected.

The Frenchman has signed a one-year contract, with the option of a second, in a huge U-turn.

Manset was on trial at the Sky Bet League One club during the summer but left after failing to agree a deal.

But he watched the Saddlers' 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Crystal Palace on Tuesday before signing.

Manager Dean Smith said: "Manset has signed. He is here for a year or maybe two.

"It is pleasing because it was a hard work deal to conclude but it is concluded now.

"It was dead at one stage. We stuck to our guns and the principles of the football club but thankfully the chairman has been instrumental in trying to pull it back together.

"I don't think the deal in Turkey came off for him and he probably saw this as a really good opportunity as well and he didn't want to miss it.

"It was a mutual thing. We contacted his representatives and he had spoken to them as well. It was a mutual thing of trying to get back together and getting a deal sorted."

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