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'We Will Wait To See If One Pops His Head Up'

18 August 2017

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell has not ruled out the possibility of bringing someone else in before the end of the summer transfer window if ‘one pops his head up’.

The Alex boss signed five new players in the summer and more recently added the promising young goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen to his options this week. The former Bolton Wanderers youngster, 18, is regarded as one for the future by the Crewe staff.

Artell told the club’s official web-site:  “I don’t think there have been too many deals taking place over the last few weeks. I think other clubs are in the same boat as us, they are just waiting to see what might pop its head up in the next couple of weeks.

“I’m sure there will be some movement in the final 10 days, or the final days of the window. If that is loans or a permanent deal will remain to be seen but I’ve said that we are always looking for good players.

“If a good one does pop its head up then we would be interested, but they have to be right for us. We just don’t know what will happen at this stage. The last day of January was ridiculously busy and hectic, so you never know what can happen.

“We signed Will because he is a good young goalkeeper. He trained with us and we liked what we saw. He is one for the future. It is unlikely he will play for the first team this season but we feel he has potential and he is one for medium, long term.

“We have a plan for him and his career. That will come to fruition in the next few weeks, but we had a good meeting with his dad (Jussi) and we all agreed that this was the best way forward for him.

The boss added: “Fred (Barber) played a large part in the development of Jussi and I’m sure his dad has looked at that and feels that his son would benefit from being a part of that as well. I know that Feed had a big influence on the career of Jussi.”

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