Paul Merson says Crystal Palace made the best signing of the transfer window in Bakary Sako

The Crystal Palace Eagle

Paul Merson says Crystal Palace signing former Wolves winger Bakary Sako for free was the coup of the summer.

Paul Merson has told SkySports that Crystal Palace did the best business of any Premier League side this summer, and Bakary Sako was the steal of the transfer window.

Sako signed as a free agent after a successful spell in the Championship with Wolverhampton Wanderers, with his signature hotly contested by West Bromwich Albion.

The winger made an immediate impact for the Eagles, scoring in a surprise 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Merson said: "Bakary Sako has got to be the buy of the transfer window on a free. Patrick Bamford is a good player, I like Alex McCarthy and Connor Wickham has been around. He knows the Premier League.

Grading Palace's transfer window, he added: "I'm giving them A+ because I think they've bought very, very, very well and have got rid of a few players too."

Crystal Palace were the only club whose business Merson rated that highly - and in assessing it he failed to mention arguably their most eye-catching deal, signing former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain.

Merson may be a divisive pundit at times, but his comments highlight the high regard in the media of the job Palace have done this summer, business they have been backing up on the pitch early this season.

An exciting campaign lies ahead, and their new signings have barely got started showing what they are capable of.

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