Walsall Set To Win Race For Midfield Gem

Walsall have edged closer to the signing of Tamworth’s highly rated midfielder Jamie Jellis, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 23-year-old made his 50th appearance for the National League North leaders at the weekend, helping his side secure a 1-0 win over Darlington to record their seventh successive league victory. As a result, the Lambs now sit eight points clear at the top of the table, although nearest challengers Scunthorpe United do have a game in hand.

Jellis’ form for the Staffordshire-based side has caught the eye of a number of EFL clubs over the past few months. His performances in the centre of the park have seen a number of scouts watch him in action at The Lamb Ground.

It was reported by Football Insider in November that Peterborough United, Wycombe Wanderers and Notts County were all considering an offer for the former Stevenage youngster. However, the trio are yet to follow up on their initial interest, which has opened up an opportunity for Walsall.

According to Pete O’Rourke, a bid has been accepted and the two parties can now negotiate terms ahead of a potential move to the Bescot Stadium.

The Saddlers ended a run of three successive defeats on Saturday when they fell to a 3-1 loss against League Two leaders Stockport County. Despite sitting in 13th, they are just six points behind MK Dons in the final play-off spot and will be targeting a top seven finish.

Walsall have already made moves this month, bringing in defenders Evan Weir and Emmanuel Adegboyega and attacking duo Josh Gordon and Mo Faal. They lost top scorer Freddie Draper earlier this month when Lincoln City opted to recall the teenager to solve their own attacking options.

Walsall host Accrington Stanley this weekend knowing a win would move them up the table, with the Lancashire side one place and two points above them.

Writer’s View

Tamworth’s achievements over the past 18 months mean that it was inevitable that EFL clubs would come knocking. The Lambs are looking good to achieve a second successive promotion, with Jellis considered their crown jewel.

The 23-year-old has two goals in his last three appearances and is described as a box-to-box midfielder. This is a signing which could prove pivotal to Walsall’s promotion hopes and could be viewed as a real coup considering the number of clubs who were interested.

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