Malian Sako Enters Palace

Malian forward Bakary Sako has joined Premier League club Crystal Palace on a three-year deal after his the expiry of his contract with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sako, 27, joined Wolves from French Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne in 2012, scoring 36 goals in 118 league appearances in 2013/14, before following that up with 15 goals last season.

Sako said that Palace manager Alan Pardew had played a key role in his decision to move to Selhurst Park, telling the club website: “I talked to some clubs, but when I met Alan 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.”

The left-footed Paris-born Sako has played 14 times for Mali, scoring six goals.

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