Sako returns to Crystal Palace

Bakary Sako has returned to Crystal Palace on a short-term deal until the end of the season, the English Premier League club announced Sunday.

Sako made 50 appearances for Palace from 2015-2018, but left at the end of last season when his contract expired and signed a one-year deal with second-tier club West Bromwich Albion.

But the 30-year-old Mali forward struggled at The Hawthorns, starting only three times, and Albion have agreed to release him from his contract so he can return to south London side Palace.

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β€œI’m delighted that we’ve managed to bring Bakary back to Palace,” manager Roy Hodgson said.

β€œHe’s a player with a huge amount of talent and as he showed when he was fully fit last year, he is able to provide a boost to our attacking options.”