By Danny Wright
Wolves are planning to re-sign Bakary Sako on a loan deal from Crystal Palace in the summer, according to a report.
The Express & Star reports that Paul Lambert is eyeing up the ex-Molineux winger, 28, after he’s endured a tough time getting game time with the Premier League club.
It is said that the £55,000-a-week attacker is low down the Wolves shortlist but he remains an option.
Sako, who has missed most of the season due to different injuries and a spell of international duty for Mali during the African Cup of Nations, played 124 times in all competitions for Wolves in just three years with the club.
He was part of the side that won the 2013/14 League One title and was a hit in the following season as the Black Country club almost pushed for a play-off finish in their Championship return.
After a series of high-quality performances, many Premier League clubs began courting the Malian international winger and he was eventually signed by Crystal Palace on a free transfer after he refused to pen a new Molineux contract in order to pursue top flight football.
According to BBC journalist Pat Murphy, Lambert tried to bring the 28-year-old back to Wolves in January on a loan deal.
Wolves are unwilling to splash too much cash on a player they released on a free and are likely to once again try to get their man on a temporary deal, provided they fail to sign their other high-priority targets.
Midlands rivals Derby and Birmingham made bids of £4million for Sako in January but the winger decided to fight for his place at Selhurst Park.
In all competitions this season, Sako has made just six appearances for the south London club.
Football Insider Verdict
Wolves supporters would absolutely love it if they can tempt Sako back to Molineux in the summer. He was a huge success in his three-year stay in the Black Country and with better leadership at the club and a better playing squad to slot into, it’s likely that his performances could be even better. However his lack of game time this season has to be a huge concern and it’s understandable that they want to pursue other targets first. Sako is a quick, skilful winger who on his day can get the better of most full-backs but Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro have both enjoyed good seasons at Molineux so it’s unlikely that Sako could oust either of them from the starting line-up.
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