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Crystal Palace sign Bakary Sako

Fola Akintomide

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Bakary Sako on a free transfer from Wolves.

The 27-year-old midfielder joins Alan Pardew’s side after his contract expired with Wolves earlier this summer and has signed a three-year deal.

“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,” Sako told Palace’s official website.

“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.

“I want to play lots of games, score some goals and get some assists and enjoy myself. I’m confident about stepping up to the premier League so we’ll see how it goes.”

Sako, who has 14 caps for Mali, is Palace’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Yohan Cabaye, Patrick Bamford, Connor Wickham and Alex McCarthy.