Sport Palace pulled out of deal to re-sign Sako

13:25  14 september  2018
13:25  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Championship sides eye up Sako move

  Championship sides eye up Sako move Three Championship teams are interested in signing former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako. Sako’s contract expired at the end of last season and he failed to agree a new contract at Selhurst Park. He was in talks to re-join Palace last month, but a deal could not be ironed out and he currently remains a free agent. According to The Birmingham Mail, West Brom, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough are all now eyeing up Sako to sign on a free. The transfer window shut at the end of last month, but clubs are still able to sign players on a free transfer, as long as they left their previous club before the end of the last window. Sako made 50 appearances for Palace in all competitions, scoring eight goals, after his move from Wolves. He’d scored 38 goals in 124 matches for Wolves, where he was considered one of the best players in the Championship.

Crystal Palace were forced to pull out of a deal to re-sign Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest target Bakary Sako this summer.

London News Online claim that Jason Puncheon’s failed move to Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day meant that the Eagles were unable to bring the winger back to Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson’s men were banking on Puncheon, who had fallen out of favour at the club, to leave this summer so they could free up a space within their Premier League squad ahead of the new season.

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Sako saw his deal expire at Palace at the end of last season, but the club remained keen on keeping him around.

Palace in talks to re-sign Sako

  Palace in talks to re-sign Sako Crystal Palace are in advanced negotiations to re-sign Bakary Sako, according to Get French Football News. The winger’s contract at Selhurst Park expired in July, but the 30-year-old remains unattached after failing to seal a deal with a club. Instead, it seems a return to Palace may be on the cards. Sako joined the South Londoners in 2015 from Wolves, and made 50 appearances in his three seasons in the capital. A role-player, the Mali international found the majority of his playing time from the bench or in injury relief. Manager Roy Hodgson is clearly unsatisfied with the state of his squad following a subdued transfer window, even if four new arrivals did come through the door. The former England boss will be concerned that he failed to add a direct replacement for Sako, with loan addition Jordan Ayew happier at centre forward than on the wing. GFFN claim that negotiations could be wrapped up in a matter of hours.

They challenged the player to prove his fitness after a series of injuries kept him on the sidelines for the most of last season.

The player remains a free agent and has been attracting interest from the aforementioned Championship duo in recent weeks.

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Our Southampton man of the match: Crystal Palace (A) .
Southampton came away from Selhurst Park with a comprehensive 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. The Saints headed into the game knowing that a real opportunity had presented itself following the news of Wilfried Zaha’s absence for Crystal Palace. Mark Hughes’ side played on the front foot throughout the encounter and were able to secure an important victory on the road. Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s goals were enough to help Saints to a 2-0 win in South London. There were numerous impressive displays from Southampton but, as per usual, we’ve picked out our man of the match. This weekend, we’re giving the accolade to Alex McCarthy. Having been recalled to the England squad on Thursday afternoon, McCarthy was able to cap a fine week on an individual level with a quite simply sensational performance against Palace. On several occasions, Saints were forced to withstand long balls and high crosses from Palace’s wide players but McCarthy provided a calming influence and a dominant force behind the back four. He claimed the majority of crosses that entered the area and pulled off a notably impressive stop to deny Christian Benteke from point-blank range. McCarthy is the first name on Hughes’ team sheet at the moment and he contributed immensely to Southampton’s second clean sheet of the season with a near-faultless display.

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