Transfer Deadline Day: Walsall sign Man City striker Jordy Hiwula

Jordy Hiwula
Jordy Hiwula scored once in nine appearances in his loan at Yeovil Town back in the autumn

Walsall have signed Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula on an initial one-month youth loan.

Hiwula, 20, who spent two months out on loan at Yeovil Town earlier this season, has been capped by England at Under-18 and Under-19 levels.

Manchester-born Hiwula could be available for six League One fixtures in February, subject to the necessary clearance being received.

Hiwula's arrival comes on the same day that Walsall released Mathieu Manset.

The French striker, 25, came to Walsall on a one-year deal in August, but scored just once in 24 appearances, 18 of which came via the bench.

Saddlers not so far away
Johnstone's Paint Trophy finalists Walsall lie 15th in League One, five points off a play-off place, following Sunday's 1-1 home draw with Gillingham.

But that one goal, at Rochdale in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, launched Walsall on the road to Wembley.

As for Hiwula, Walsall boss Dean Smith admitted: "Jordy is a player I've been tracking for a while. I saw him last season for City's Under-21s and he did really well, so he is someone I marked down as one to watch.

"He's since been on loan at Yeovil and all the scouting reports we have on their matches highlight him as a player with real potential. I like to get players on their second loan. I feel Jordy will come here and improve us.

"He played against us recently in a behind-closed-doors game and did really well. He will give us a threat in behind and can play down the middle or out wide. His preferred position is as a 'number nine', and with his pace and trickery, we have an exciting, young talent on our hands."