Mali international Bakary Sako has signed a one-year deal with Sky Bet Championship side West Bromwich Albion.
The 30-year-old left Crystal Palace at the end of his contract over the summer, and had been without a club after the transfer window closed.
However, free agents can be registered at any point and as such Sako will be immediately available for the Baggies.
Sako will be hoping to return to the Premier League with the Black Country side, after their relegation last year. Sako last played in the Championship for local rivals Wolverhampton.
West Brom manager Darren Moore commented that “He brings great experience and adds greatly to our goal threat across a range of positions. We’re delighted to get him.”
“He brings competition to the group and a know-how of this division. He’s been a credit to himself while he’s been training with us and I can vouch for the fact that the way he has committed to us has been exceptional.”
Sako returned the praise to his new manager, stating that Moore’s philosophy encouraged him to reject Premier League clubs to secure a move to the Hawthorns.
“He played a big part,” admits Sako. “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.”
“I’ve been here for two weeks, getting to know the boys and stuff and getting my fitness back. I’ve really enjoyed it and now I’m ready to crack on.”
“Yeah I’m really excited, and really looking forward to the challenge.”
“When you’ve got competition in the team it gets the best out of you. Every player wants to play so they give their best and try to get in the team.”
“I’m a very direct player. I’ve got a powerful left foot, I score goals and get some assists so hopefully I can help the team.”
“I’ve been playing wide all my life, but last year I used to play as a striker and I really enjoyed it. I scored a few goals, created some chances so I don’t mind playing both roles now.”
The ex-Wolves winger believes the Baggies can maintain their position at the top of the embryonic league standings, aiming for an immediate return to the Premier League.
“We need to have consistency and you need to win a lot of home games, as well as getting your legs fresh to prepare for the next game because you have many, many games in this league.”
“I think we just need to keep going and carry on the form that we are in at the moment.”
“Yeah, I think this squad has enough to be promoted. That’s why I came here, to get back in the Premier League and to help the team get promoted again. I think we will do it.”
“My main target is to help the team get back to the Premier League and I will give everything for that.”