Bakary Sako has highlighted the influence of West Brom manager Darren Moore as a key reason behind his decision to join the club.

The Mali international appeared to have been on the verge of joining the Baggies for some time but was able to put pen to paper on a deal at the Hawthorns on Tuesday.

Sako saw his contract at Crystal Palace come to an end following the 2017/18 campaign, meaning that he was able to move freely to interested parties.

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Speaking to West Brom’s official club website following the completion of his move, Sako revealed that he turned down clubs in the Premier League to join West Brom, largely because of Moore’s influence.

He played a big part. 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.

The 30-year-old will be hoping to hit the ground running at West Brom as he bids to help the team progress in their efforts to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking this season.