Championship leaders West Brom have boosted their promotion push with the signing of free agent Bakary Sako.
The Mali winger, who was available after ending an injury-ravaged spell at Crystal Palace, has signed a season-long contract.
Sako scored 15 goals for Wolves in his last Championship season in 2014-15 and said he wanted to link up with Baggies boss Darren Moore.
“He played a big part,” Sako told the club’s website . “A lot of Premier League clubs wanted me, but as soon as I knew Darren wanted to see me I went to see him straight away and we clicked.
“The way he manages players, the way he talks, he’s passionate and I love that. That’s why I came here.”
Posting on Twitter , Sako added: “I also would like to thank the people at Crystal Palace, the club and even more the fans for the incredible support and love I’ve felt during my time there, through the ups and downs.”
Sako spent the last three seasons at Selhurst Park and in that time scored eight goals in 50 appearances. He struggled with injury in the previous campaign and has not played a competitive game since January.
“We’re delighted to have Bakary on board,” Moore said.
“Since he’s been training with us he’s done really, really well. From day one he’s shown support to the group. When we’ve been preparing for matches he’s been right behind the squad. Credit to him.
“He’ll bring a wealth of experience to the team and a different dimension. He can play both (as a wide player and a central striker).
“That shows his versatility and adaptability as a player. It’s great for squad dynamics,” he added.
West Brom have won their last three league games and sit a point clear of Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United in the Championship table.
The Baggies travel to Sheffield Wednesday this week, before hosting Reading on Saturday.