Mali’s Bakary Sako a target for Nottingham Forest

Mali’s Bakary Sako a target for Nottingham Forest
Bakary Sako

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 12, 2018. 09:00

EFL Championship club Nottingham Forest are reportedly keen on signing Malian free agent Bakary Sako.

According to The Sun, Forest are looking to continue their aggressive recruitment policy under manager Aitor Karanka.

Sako is a player who was strongly linked with the Nottingham club five years ago. At the time he was still on the books of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Malian winger admitted to being unsettled, stating: "They came back again and it did affect me a little bit, which is probably normal in the situation."

At the time, Wolves had been relegated to League One. Their determination to keep hold of the West African star paid off, as he scored 12 goals in the 2013/14 season to help them claim promotion back to the second tier.

Sako scored another 15 goals in the Championship the following season before seeing out his contract at Molineux and joining Crystal Palace in 2015.

He has struggled for regular game time ever since, with combination of injuries and poor form putting him on the fringes of the action for much of his time at Selhurst Park.

The 30-year-old became a free agent when he left the Eagles at the end of last season. His status means he can be signed outside of a transfer window.

Forest already have three African players on their books: Algerians Adlene Guedioura and Hillel Soudani, as well as Zimbabwean Tendayi Darikwa.

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