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Malian winger Bakary Sako joins West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion Bakary Sako

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Former Crystal Palace and Malian winger officially moved to West Bromwich Albion on a free-transfer deal for one season.

Bakary Sako joined the Baggies as a free agent after he left Crystal Palace in July 2018 and has been without a club before signing a one-season contract with West Brom.

The 30-year-old player started his career in 2006 with French side LB Châteauroux where he stayed for three years. He then moved to AS Saint-Etienne and stayed there for another three years.

In 2012 Sako left France and started building his career in the English Premier League playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He then spent about three years in Crystal Palace, where he made 50 appearances scoring eight goals.

Sako told the club’s official website that he was encouraged to join West Brom after knowing that Baggies boss Darren Moore was interested in signing him.

“A lot of Premier League clubs wanted me but as soon as I knew Darren wanted to see me I went to see him straight away and we clicked.

“The way he manages players, the way he talks, he’s passionate and I love that, that’s why I came here,” Sako explained.

From his side, Moore expressed similar excitement for the move assuring that the Malian player will add a lot to the team’s goal threat.

“He brings competition to the group and a know-how of this division. He’s been a credit to himself while he’s been training with us and I can vouch for the fact that the way he has committed to us has been exceptional,” the coach said.

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