Crystal Palace supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are raising a pint to the club’s fifth summer signing, after the club today confirmed the capture of Bakary Sako on a free transfer.
Sako joins Yohan Cabaye, Connor Wickham, Patrick Bamford and Alex McCarthy as the latest reinforcement in what is proving to be a busy summer at Selhurst Park.
Mali international Sako has put pen to paper on a three year contract, having joined on a free transfer after seeing his contract at Wolves expire.
Sako was instrumental in Wolves success in League One two seasons ago, whilst his goals and assists almost fired them into the Championship play-offs last season.
West Brom also made an offer to the winger, who fired 16 goals last term. Yet it is Palace who have won the race for his signature, and the 27-year-old reckons he is fit enough for the Premier League opener with Norwich at the weekend.
Sako said to the club site: ‘I talked to some clubs but when I met Alan [Pardew] I felt a good feeling between him and me and that’s why I chose Palace.
‘He plays attacking, attractive football so it should be good to play here and score some goals, that’s why I came to join him.
‘I’ve been doing my own pre-season training because Wolves gave me a programme before I left, and my cousin has a small academy so we trained together to keep my fitness levels up.
‘I think I’m fit now but it’s in the manager’s hands to pick me so we’ll see how my fitness is.’
Our resident Palace fans here in the Tavern are delighted with the signing, and feel he could play a huge part for the team next season!