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Clubs battle for Kaikai signature

January 27, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Scottish Premier League giants Kilmarnock FC are locked in a transfer battle with English League One side Shrewsbury Town for the signature of striker Sullay Kaikai.

Both clubs are interested in signing the player on a six-month loan deal from English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

According to Record Sports, Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon is still looking to fill the final available loan slot in his squad and he has the first option with Palace for the services of their youngster.

Mellon said: “We’d love to bring [Kaikai] back because he’s got pace and he dents back fours and we need people who can do that. But it’s our last loan and we have a number of targets we may go for. We want to get it right.”

20 year-old Kaikai was born in the Southwark Borough of London in the United Kingdom to Sierra Leonean parents. He joined Palace in 2013 and was given the 37 shirt number.

With Shrewsbury having the first buy option, Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke is still pushing for the player’s services as he awaits a decision over a move for Sheffield United defender Kieron Freeman – who they want to loan for the remainder of the season.

However, Palace boss Alan Pardew believes Kaikai will head to Shrewsbury. He said: “Sullay did well there, so I think he’ll go back.”

Kaikai had spells with Crawley Town and Cambridge United last term before stepping up to League One level with Shrewsbury in the first half of this campaign. He scored five goals in just 14 appearances for Shrewsbury before he was recalled by Palace in December.

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