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West Brom winger set for surprise Crystal Palace return

West Brom winger Bakary Sako is in talks to terminate his contract and re-join Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mail.

The 30-year-old left the Eagles at the end of last season and signed for the Baggies in October on a one-year deal.

However, the Mali international has played just five times in the league for West Brom and now looks set for a return to Selhurst Park. Sako scored six goals in 19 games for Roy Hodgson’s side last season.

Sako started his career in France with Chateauroux and broke into their first-team as a youngster. He went onto play 68 times for them in Ligue 2 before earning a move to Saint-Étienne in 2009.

The powerful winger, who has made 21 caps for Mali so far in his career, impressed in his three seasons with Saint-Étienne in the French top flight. He then moved to England in August 2012 when Wolves swooped to sign him for £2.2 million whilst they were in the Championship.

Sako couldn’t prevent the Midlands side from slipping into League One in his first season at the club but helped them gain an immediate promotion back to the second tier. He played a total of 124 games for the Molinuex club, scoring 38 goals.

Palace signed him on a free transfer in August 2015 but injuries affected his first couple of seasons in the Premier League with them. It was only in the last campaign when he started to impress and it now appears he will be returning to the London side in a surprise move.

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