According to the Birmingham Mail, citing reports from elsewhere, West Brom and Villa are part of a pack hunting free agent Bakary Sako with Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest also said to be interested.
The Birmingham Mail say that West Brom and Villa join the other two clubs “in having an interest in free agent winger Bakary Sako. Sako, who previously featured for Wolves, left Premier League side Crystal Palace this summer after failing to agree a new deal – despite one being offered by the Eagles.
Speaking in July on the situation, Palace boss Roy Hodgson said of Sako: “No, he is not signing, he doesn’t want to sign. I guess he will be moving on, I don’t know, the last time I heard was he had turned down the offer of a contract that we had made to him, so that’s the last I have.”
Now a free agent, and available outside of the official transfer windows that are now closed until January 1, Sako makes a mouth-watering prospect for a club looking to bring in experience.
The nine-cap, four-goal Mali international featured in 124 games for Wolves after signing for the Black Country side for £3.4million in 2012. During that time he proved to be something of a dual-threat with 38 goals and 36 assists to his name. He would also be a player who’d be able to bring 43 games of Premier League experience (five goals/one assist) with him.
All four sides, indeed others, would undoubtedly benefit from bringing in a player such as Sako on a free, the only consideration being the wages that he would command.