Out-of-contract Wolves striker Bakary Sako could be on his way to Merseyside this summer after reports emerged in The Sun suggesting that Roberto Martinez is interested in the player.
The Mali international is a certainty to leave the Championship side after contract talks revealed his wage demands are around £60,000-a-week, more than the midlands club can offer him.
It had looked likely that the 27-year-old might be heading to bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion, however, his wage demands appear to again have proved a stumbling block, with the club telling him to lower his demands if he wants to be playing for Tony Pulis’ side next season.
Aston Villa are also said to be in the running as the striker favours a move to the Premier League.
With the future of Christian Benteke looking uncertain, bringing in a similarly strong, pacy forward for free alongside a big money replacement may go some way to helping fill the gap the Belgian will leave in Tim Sherwood’s side.
Everton look like proving the first choice for Sako though, as they were monitoring the player when he first signed for Wolves in 2012.
Martinez will be looking to get the club back on track after they failed to make the top 10 for the first time in nine years and will be looking to strengthen his side.
The free transfer will be an attractive prospect that could bolster their forward options and they are also likely to be the most capable of the chasing pack to get near to his £60,000-£80,000 wage demands.
Sako found the net 15 times in 43 Championship appearances and found himself named in the Championship team of the season after a solid campaign saw Kenny Jackett's men just miss out on a place in the play-offs on goal difference.
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