Back in May it appeared that Bakary Sako’s potential move to West Brom was finished.
Talks had been put on hold with Albion potentially withdrawing their interest altogether.
It was clear that Sako would leave Wolverhampton Wanderers over the summer to join either West Brom or Aston Villa.
Several other Premier League clubs have also been reported to be interested, including Leicester, as well as some speculation linking him with a move to Turkey.
But it has been the link to both West Brom and Aston Villa that has been the most consistent, even whilst talks appeared to be dead.
In May it emerged that Sako’s representatives were asking for around £50,000 to £60,000-a-week in wages on a new contact, a deal which would more than double his wages.
But the news going public did not please West Brom.
‘I`ve said lots of times I like to do my business between myself and the player or the club and the player`s representative, To put it in the paper is disappointing for me and for the club.’ West Brom gaffer Tony Pullis told the Express & Star.
He continued: ‘There are lots of players we`re discussing in lots of positions, so we`ll move on as we move on.
‘There will be lots of offers and lots of people interested in him and they`re going to do the best they can to get the best deal they can possibly get. The best thing we can do is we`ll sign a player and then the media can speak to him.’
News then followed that in fact Sako’s agents were actually after a deal closer to £80,000-a-week.
Unsurprisingly from this point on things went quiet for Sako, his representatives clearly pricing him out of a move to most Premier League clubs who would have been otherwise interested.
But now those demands have been lowered with the Guardian reporting that West Bromwich Albion have re-entered talks with Bakary Sako.
It isn’t clear how close a deal is as West Brom have had no further contact with Sako`s camp since talks broke down, but it appears likely that a deal will be concluded soon.
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