Out of Africa: Leicester look to land Bakary Sako and Majeed Waris
There’s just over a week left before the transfer window slams shut, so Leicester City, 3/1 with Coral for Premier League relegation, are interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers and Mali winger Bakary Sako, plus another African attacker Majeed Waris.
Foxes boss Nigel Pearson will want to strengthen his forward options, after picking up just a single point from the East Midlands outfit’s first two top-flight games in a decade. French-born Sako, 26, has been a star performer for Wolves since signing for them from St-Etienne two summers ago.
Netting nine goals in their relegation season from the Championship, Sako was instrumental in getting the Wolverhampton club back into the second tier immediately under Kenny Jackett. He scored a dozen goals and made 14 assists as Wanderers stormed to the League One title last season.
Any move for Sako, who can also play as attacking midfielder, may mean New Zealand striker Chris Wood going to Molineux as a makeweight or in part-exchange. Wolves were interested in the Kiwi international earlier this summer and may be keen to revive their interest, as Leon Clarke is the only senior striker available to Jackett.
Wanderers also have fellow French-born Mali forward Nouha Dicko and academy product Liam McAlinden on their books, but both are aged 22 and younger. Wales Under-21 striker Jake Cassidy, meanwhile, has been farmed out to Notts County until the New Year.
Spartak Moscow’s Ghana World Cup frontman Majeed Waris is another player Pearson has reportedly inquired about, according to the tabloids. The 5ft 7in 22-year-old, who acted as backup to Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan in Brazil, was loaned out to Ligue 1 outfit Valenciennes in January, but his nine goals in 16 games failed to save the Belgian border club from relegation.
Leicester’s current first-team attacking and wide options are Marc Albrighton, Anthony Knockaert, Algeria international Riyad Mahrez, David Nugent, Ghana’s left-sided Jeff Schlupp, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, record signing Leonardo Ulloa, Jamie Vardy and Wood.
The Foxes are also among a number of top-flight teams that could take Ivorian-born England international winger Wilfried Zaha on loan. Leicester are 4/1 chances to finish in the Premier League’s top 10.