Date:Wednesday April 16 2014
The last time Bakary Sako spoke to the media I'll admit I took it as a come and get me plea.
It's been a difficult 12 months for the 25-year-old winger. Sako had been expected to leaves Wolves last summer, with the Frenchman linked with Premier League side Fulham throughout the close season, but the deal stalled and collapsed over the two clubs failing to agree a fee.
Then up stepped Championship side Nottingham Forest, but they too failed to match our evaluation of the player.
That led to reports of Sako going AWOL, reports which were denied by the club who announced that Sako had suffered a stress related illness following the transfer speculation.
He then struggled for form, with some suggesting that he wasn't happy at Wolves and playing in League One.
Who could blame him either? It wasn't exactly the plan we had mapped out following relegation from the Premier League and it certainly wasn't what Sako had signed up for.
He then appeared to be reinvigorated by the arrival of fellow Frenchman Nouha Dicko. His form surged and he showed his top class potential as Wolves clinched promotion back to the Championship last weekend.
But what next for Sako? He still has over a year remaining at Molineux and it's not secret he holds a desire to play at the top level.
He previously said to the E&S: 'My objective is to play in the Premier League, I have one year left on my contract and we`ll see if something comes up which satisfies me and the club.'
This was the comment that I took as a come and get me plea, which I received some grief for via our front page comments.
'If that's a come-and-get-me plea, I'm George Elokobi!' wrote Steve Braund. While johnwolf said: 'You are getting just like the Express & Stir, fabricating stories that don't exist and making suggestions.'
Perhaps I read it wrong, I thought, perhaps I was just being too negative and cynical?
Well according to Wolves Head Coach Kenny Jackett, I wasn't and Wolves will let Sako leave Molinuex over the summer if a Premier League club can agree a fee. But that is a big IF.
"Sako`s future comes up a lot and he`s openly said if a Premier League club comes in for him, he`d consider it,
"So let`s see if a Premier League club comes in. It was the same last summer, and it happened in January well." Jackett told the Express & Star.
He continued: "The situation would still have to be right for the club.
"I really don`t know what the interest is from the Premier League, but he might be on the list of the clubs down the bottom if they stay up or go down.
"Similarly, sides in the frame for the play-offs of the Championship might be interested."
The E&S have speculated that Championship winners elect Leicester City, who have already clinched promotion to the Premier League could be interested in a summer move for Sako.
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Date:Wednesday April 16 2014
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