By Harvey Byrne
West Brom are eyeing a move for Liverpool defender outcast Mamadou Sakho, according to the BBC.
The news broadcasters have claimed via their Sport website that the Baggies are interested in the 27-year-old centre-back following reports that the club had rejected an £18million bid from Manchester City for star Jonny Evans.
Sakho could now be being viewed as a potential replacement if the Northern Irishman does depart the Hawthorns for Manchester, but it is also said that Liverpool rate the Frenchman as highly as £30million.
The BBC report then details that West Brom’s current club-record transfer is the £13million spent on Nacer Chadli from Tottenham last summer and if a deal for Sakho was to go through it is said that the potential fee “would eclipse” the Baggies’ record spend.
Sakho has not appeared for Liverpool since April 2016 following drug allegations and a falling out with Jurgen Klopp on the club’s tour of the United States last summer, but he did impress while on loan at Crystal Palace in the second half of the last campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite transfer prices inflating dramatically the £30million Liverpool are requesting for Sakho is astronomical and West Brom would be stupid to spend it. It would also be a massive surprise if the Reds’ do receive it, as despite Sakho proving himself capable in the Premier League at Palace, it is very rare that a lower Premier League side will spend such a fee, especially on a centre-back. Now, Liverpool currently have their own problems at the back, which was once again shown in the opening day 3-3 draw with Watford and Klopp may have to accept that playing the Frenchman is better than the club’s current options.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a mouth-watering new bid has been place for star Philippe Coutinho, which the club have responded to immediately.