Bakary Sako: Crystal Palace re-sign forward from West Brom in short-term deal until end of the season

27 Jan

Crystal Palace have re-signed Bakary Sako from West Brom in a short-term deal until the end of the season, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The Mali international made 50 appearances for the Eagles between 2015 and 2018, but left last summer when his contract expired and signed a one-year deal with the Baggies.

But the 30-year-old forward struggled to make an impact at The Hawthorns, starting only three times, and Albion have agreed to release him from his contract so he can return to Selhurst Park.

“I’m delighted that we’ve managed to bring Bakary back to Palace,” manager Roy Hodgson said.

“He’s a player with a huge amount of talent and as he showed when he was fully fit last year, he is able to provide a boost to our attacking options.

“It’s a particularly pleasing signing, because as well as his ability, he knows the club inside out and was such an immensely popular figure among the squad with his positive and upbeat attitude.

“I hope his return will be a major boost as we enter the business end of the season.”

Sako will not be eligible for Palace’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham on Sunday, but will be charged with helping the club steer clear of relegation as they sit 14th in the Premier League, three points above the drop zone.

Sako started just three times for the Baggies

West Brom boss Darren Moore said: “Bakary has not played as much football for us as he would have wanted and was eager to take this opportunity in the Premier League.

“We decided it was in everyone’s best interests for Bakary to move on. It will allow us to look elsewhere to add to our forward options, which we are working hard to resolve.”

West Bromwich Albion sign former Crystal Palace forward Bakary Sako

2 Oct

West Brom have strengthened their forward options with the signing of Bakary Sako.

The 30-year-old Mali international has agreed a deal until the end of the current season. He was available as a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace in the summer.

Baggies boss Darren Moore told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to have Bakary on board.

“From day one he’s shown support to the group. When we’ve been preparing for matches he’s been right behind the squad. Credit to him.

“He’ll bring wealth of experience to the team and a different dimension. He can play both [as a wide player and a central striker].”

Moore is thrilled with the club’s latest acquisition

Sako admitted Moore was a big factor in his decision to make the move to The Hawthorns.

He said: “He played a big part. A lot of Premier League clubs wanted me but as soon as I knew Darren wanted to see me I went to see him straight away and we clicked.

“The way he manages players, the way he talks, he’s passionate and I love that, that’s why I came here.”