It appears that Crystal Palace had to pull the plug on a late transfer deadline day signing.
It is understood that the failure to move Jason Puncheon to Middlesbrough on loan meant the 30-year-old could not re-join the Selhurst Park outfit this summer.
The Mali international, who still remains a free agent, had been ruled out with a fractured ankle in February and Palace were keen for the player to work hard at regaining his fitness, which it appears he had done so.
However, with Puncheon’s move to the Championship outfit collapsing, the Eagles did not have any places available for Sako.
Roy Hodgson’s side did add the likes of Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer to their ranks, whilst also being able to tie Wilfred Zaha down to a new contract.
Sako had a difficult spell during his time at Crystal Palace, which was effectively ended by the horrible ankle injury he suffered in February.
The Mali international only managed to find the back of the net eight times during the three years he spent with the Eagles, although his appearances were largely limited.
He would have been a useful squad player for Hodgson to have at Selhurst Park once again, with Christian Benteke struggling to find the net, whilst Alexander Sorloth has also found his time in south London difficult.
It is a surprise that the forward is still a free agent, however, if Palace were keen to take him back, there may be a move on the cards in the future for him.
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