Wolves today pulled the plug on the transfer of Bakary Sako to Nottingham Forest.
The Molineux club have refused to budge on their valuation of the French winger which could have eventually seen them net close to £5m.
Forest had been pursuing a loan first, pay later deal which would have seen a permanent deal go through when the January transfer window opens. But Wolves walked away from the table when it became clear Forest were refusing to pay a loan fee to secure his services until January.
Wolves were happy to change the shape of the deal at one stage by offering to switch to a part-exchange agreement because of a long-standing interest in out-of-favour Jamie Paterson, the former Walsall wideman.
But Forest refused to consider that option and have continued to test Molineux’s patience with their haggling over a straight transfer, leading chief executive Jez Moxey to call time.
Moxey said: “Our position has been firm but consistent – we don’t want to lose Bakary Sako. Everyone involved in these discussions is fully aware of what our requirements were to, reluctantly, allow Bakary to leave.
“However, we took the decision to cease all discussions with Forest not because they didn’t meet our valuation but because the terms surrounding the offer were unrealistic.”
It’s the second time Forest have nudged the finishing tape of a deal for Sako without pushing through it. And it has left Wolves with the task of settling down one of their key figures once more.
Wolves released a statement which read: “Everyone at Molineux is disappointed Bakary Sako has again been distracted by the continuing speculation handing head coach Kenny Jackett another challenge in trying to re-focus him.
“However, Bakary has remained a model professional. The club hopes he will continue to display that same level of professionalism once he’s recovered from illness and is ready to be considered for selection.
Sako tweeted today:
Thanks to those who support me no matter what happens. For the others... LOL just keep talking.......
— sako bakary (@sakobakary26) October 4, 2013