Eagles announce signing on a free transfer
Crystal Palace Football Club have announced the signing of Bakary Sako on a free transfer following his release from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Mali international allowed his contract to run-down at the Championship club in order to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Since then, he has been strongly linked with moves to Aston Villa and Leicester City, but he has today agreed to join Palace after holding talks with Alan Pardew.
Sako impressed throughout last season with Wolves and has been their stand-out performer in their last two campaigns, including a promotion from League One to the Championship.
The 27-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Selhurst Park and after arriving at the club, he spoke to the official website after securing his move.
Sako said: “I talked to some clubs but when I met Alan [Pardew] I felt a good feeling between him and me and that’s why I chose Palace.
“He plays attacking, attractive football so it should be good to play here and score some goals, that’s why I came to join him.
“I’ve been doing my own pre-season training because Wolves gave me a programme before I left, and my cousin has a small academy so we trained together to keep my fitness levels up.
“I think I’m fit now but it’s in the manager’s hands to pick me so we’ll see how my fitness is.
“I want to play lots of games, score some goals and get some assists and enjoy myself. I’m confident about stepping up to the premier League so we’ll see how it goes.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt