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 – 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?