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Report: Absurd demands stall Villa move for midfielder

Bakary Sako has been connected to Aston Villa for a while now, but not with these demands.

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Wolves midfielder Bakary Sako has been garnering interest from both Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion in the past weeks. It makes sense, too, since the 27-year-old winger has amassed 37 goals and 33 assists in 123 matches with the Championship side. But the Malian international is apparently demanding wages of £50,000 from whatever club he ends up at, and that number may be enough to scuttle a move.

Sako has shown his skill both in the Championship and in Ligue 1 with Saint-Étienne, but he's never played a minute in the Premier League. To put the wage demands into perspective, at the beginning of the season Stephane Sessegnon was the highest-paid player for the Baggies at £50,000 per week and at Villa Darren Bent was still enjoying the fruits of being one of the best strikers in England (back in 2011) with £65,000 per week.

While Sako is undoubtedly a fine player, if he is to move to a club where he would feature regularly (like Villa or West Brom) he'll need to come to Earth on those wage demands. He has the potential to be a very important player at either club, but given what other players on those squads are making he's got almost no chance of getting his demands met.