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Sako saga drags on for Wolves and Forest

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Wolves are off to a great start in League One, but Bakary Sako's protracted transfer to Nottingham Forest is casting a cloud over Molineux.

Wolves have adjusted to life in League One well under Kenny Jackett, sitting in third place with just one defeat to their name so far, but the situation surrounding Bakary Sako's future is becoming an unwelcome distraction.

Nottingham Forest registered an interest in the flying winger over the summer, and although they couldn't seal a deal before the transfer window closed, Billy Davies' side have returned with a bid to loan the 25 year old and then purchase him in January. This deal appeared to be done, only for the move to fall through on Friday afternoon, which led to rumours that Sako had gone on strike in order to force his move to the City Ground.

Jackett vehemently denied that the speculation was true, as Sako missed Wolves' 3-0 win over Colchester at weekend with an illness.

"That's wide of the mark. Those reports are grossly exaggerated and not correct.

"I've not found him that way at all. He is a first-class pro. A very good man."

"He has been off ill but he's well on the road to recovery. He came in Sunday and had a meeting with myself. He'll be fine by the back end of this week."

If Jackett was telling the truth - you never know with managers - then he now has the unenviable task of reintegrating a player who was all set for a move away from the club. Sako has had his head turned by the potential of a move to a team chasing promotion to the Premier League, whilst he turns out for a team looking to get out of League One.

Whilst Wolves have dealt with the situation well so far - both by sticking with their valuation of a key player and their attitude to his imminent reintegration - but the next few weeks will determine Sako's long-term future. As of now, as Kenny Jackett says, Sako is a Wolverhampton Wanderers player and until that changes, he will be expected to contribute heavily as the Molineux side look to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Should the alleged 'strike' rumours become more concrete, then Wolves may be forced to sell their star winger in order to ensure a happy dressing room. With Leyton Orient, Peterborough and Preston all challenging Wolves at the top end of League One, they will all be monitoring the situation closely in order to capitalise on any potential weakness that arises from the debacle.

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