Crystal Palace have signed Mali International, Bakary Sako on a three-year deal, the club announced Wednesday.
The 27-year-old was a vital player at his former club, Wolverhampton, for the past three years. He scored 36 goals in 118 appearances. He was most recently named in the PFA Championship team of the year for the 2014-15 season.
Sako was previously linked with Leicester City as well as West Brom, where former Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis had his eyes on the pacy winger. Ultimately it was Alan Pardew who got Sako to put the pen to paper.
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"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." Sako told the Crystal Palace website.
Sako has earned 14 caps for his intentional side, and also represented them at the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
He is the fifth player Crystal Palace has brought in this summer, following Yohan Cabaye, Patrick Bamford, Alex McCarthy and Connor Wickham to the south of London