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Newcastle Linked With Free Agent Winger

8:56 pm, Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Newcastle have been linked with Bakary Sako since April of this year, and there’s news we may be about to make a move for the Paris-born Wolves winger, who has played 14 times for Mali with 6 goals, and played 10 times for the France U21 side with two goals.

The 27-year-old was closely linked with a move to Aston Villa and West Brom recently, but nothing happened and maybe it’s his wage demands that is the problem.

bakary sako

Bakary Sako – Wolves 27 year-old winger

But his manager Kenny Jacket at Wolves expects him to end up at a Premier League club before September, as Kenny had this to say to Sky Sports:

“I would expect Bakary to be playing in the Premier League next year, and for what he’s done in recent seasons for Wolves he deserves that,” “He will go with our blessing,”

The attacking midfielder joined Wolves three years ago from St Etienne for around £2.2M on a three year deal.

And it’s not surprising that a number of clubs are interested in Sako, because he becomes a free agent next week, and can negotiate his own deal with no transfer fee being involved.

Newcastle usually track players who will become free agents two years out, and there are a few decent free agents available this summer.

We’re a little surprised we haven’t moved more quickly for those ones we want.

There’s nothing wrong with signing free agents or getting lesser known players in on the cheap, just as long as we are also willing to pay the bigger fees for the more established player, which we haven’t been willing to do in the past under owner Mike Ashley.

Bakary scored 15 goals in 43 appearances last season for Wolves, who finished in 7th place in the Championship, and  one place above Steve McClaren’s Derby County.

Sako has a good record at Wolves and in the three seasons he’s played in England he’s appeared in 124 games with  34  goals and 36 assists – so that’s good production from him.

Sako was only recently called up by Mali in a friendly in March of last year  against Senegal, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

He was part of the Mali squad that participated in the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in January, and he played in all of Mali’s three Group D games, but they failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

If Newcastle did get him in, he would give us some pace and skill down one of the wings, but as we said earlier it depends on how much he is asking in wages.

And he would be a risk in that he’s untested in the very tough and physical Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: African Cup Of Nations · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Jun 26, 2015 at 8:59 PM


    no bbc website they have live streams

    but I would think they will be on the red button in couple of hours or tomoz

  • 2 aussiemag // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Hes on a free

    Sign him up now


  • 3 Jib // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    I’m loving all this winger talk.
    Sako would make a great wingback.
    Sorry to bang on about it.
    Supermac with the players we keep getting linked with , seems to favour a swashbuckling approach , which the Geordie faithful will love.

  • 4 Jib // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    OK ta

  • 5 jazzyp // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Sorry pal I thought we had chatted before as im in the platinum row ll,Right above the exit tunnel

  • 6 beermonkey // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM


    who would have thought pete Doherty would still be alive

  • 7 jazzyp // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Gutted the Foo’s are not headlining because of mr Grohl’s accident

  • 8 beermonkey // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM


    have to make do with the who

  • 9 Jib // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Docherty has got to be related to Keith Richard

  • 10 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    I hope Mitrovic is instead of Austin]

  • 11 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    sorry I mean isn’t instead of Austin

  • 12 Jib // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Doherty even

  • 13 jazzyp // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Are ya getting worried of no transfer activity or do you think they will all come in at once as they did that mad jan a few years back

  • 14 jazzyp // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:19 PM


    Hopefully we are after both bud !

  • 15 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Jazzy I’d take both, hope you are right

  • 16 jazzyp // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM


    I thought this would be a break through week mate. Unfortunately that was a wrong call lol

  • 17 beermonkey // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM


    is he clean or even bothered getting clean


    yeah I have concerns as I don’t have a lot of faith,
    if we are to believe what they have been saying since the end of jan our targets are sorted and only bidding left
    on the other hand given the way McLaren sets his teams up I would rather he gets what he wants to make that work
    the reality is there making him look at what he has so we can do it on the cheap again is what I bet is happening
    or there waiting for sales even though we got 35mill in the bank or we had

  • 18 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM


    So did I to be honest

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM


  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Talking of buying old stuff who’d want an old Nolan Newcastle shirt? even if it is new. sorry made me laugh

  • 21 Sir Eric // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Sako is decent, but I’ve read the lad wants 50k a week, which he simply isn’t worth.

  • 22 lochinvar // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Maybe Greggs could subsidise Sakos wages then he would be Greggs Bakary

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