Wolves can today confirm that they have called a halt to discussions with Nottingham Forest regarding a potential loan and subsequent transfer of Bakary Sako in January and that the matter is now closed.
Chief Executive Jez Moxey has brought an end to any ongoing saga after the Championship club, who knew Wolves’ position regarding the terms of any deal, failed to meet their conditions.
Moxey said, “Our position has been firm but consistent - we don’t want to lose Bakary Sako. Everyone involved in these discussions is fully aware of what our requirements were to, reluctantly, allow Bakary to leave. However, we took the decision to cease all discussions with Nottingham Forest not because they didn’t meet our valuation but because the terms surrounding the offer were unrealistic.”
Wolves have stated all along that whilst recognising the commercial realities of League One football and respecting the desire of quality players to play at a higher level than the Club can currently provide, no member of the squad would be allowed to leave unless it was on acceptable terms.
Furthermore, the Club was not prepared to indefinitely engage in protracted negotiations without a conclusion being reached. Everyone at Molineux is disappointed that Bakary Sako, a top class player and a crowd favourite, has again been distracted by the continuing speculation handing Head Coach Kenny Jackett another challenge in trying to re-focus him for this crucial season.
However, while it is understandable that Bakary has been affected by the renewed interest, he has remained a model professional in both his application and his performances, and he is currently joint top scorer with five goals. The Club has the utmost respect for the player and hopes he will continue to display that same level of commitment and professionalism once he has recovered from illness and is ready to be considered for selection. The Club also expects the fans to continue their wholehearted support for such a talented player.
With the matter now considered closed everyone at Wolves is focused firmly on tomorrow’s game at Colchester United and trying to continue the Club’s encouraging start to the season.