Bakary Sako: Fulham close in on Wolves winger

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Kenny Jackett has revealed that French winger Bakary Sako has become a serious target for Premier League side Fulham.

Sako, 25, signed from St Etienne last summer but his 10 goals could not stop Wolves being relegated to League One.

"Fulham have a genuine interest. There is an offer of a very high level," Jackett told BBC WM.

"It doesn't surprise me. There's not that many gifted left-sided players around and he had a very good season."

Sako, signed by former boss Stale Solbakken just before the August deadline, impressed at Molineux until suffering the late season hamstring injury which kept him out for six games and proved a major factor in Wolves going down.

Sako - the attacker

Following his summer move from St Etienne, ex-French Under-21 international Sako's 10 goals were one of last term's rare plus points for Wolves, ranking him second only to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who netted 15 times. But, of his nine Championship goals, only two proved to be match-winners.

Meanwhile Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has confirmed Wolves are close to signing Wales international defender Sam Ricketts.

"Wolves have come in and we've accepted the offer they've put to us," Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Sam's been a good servant, but I just can't honestly look him in the eye and guarantee him a position in the team."

The 31-year-old would be Jackett's first signing and see him link up again with a player he signed for Swansea nine years ago.

Keeper Dorus De Vries could soon be leaving Molineux as Nottingham Forest are understood to be interested in signing him in a deal that could be finalised on Wednesday.

Jackett has also suggested that there could be movement in the offing concerning the four first-team players put on the transfer list by the relegated League One club last week - Jamie O'Hara and three former captains, Karl Henry, Roger Johnson and Stephen Ward.

However, any transfer activity will be handled by chief executive Jez Moxey and head of football development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell.

Despite being placed on the transfer list, all four players have reported back for pre-season training with Wolves - and are doing the majority of their work with Jackett's first-team squad.