By Matt Bullin
Premier League club Crystal Palace have ended their interest in Liverpool ace Mamadou Sakho after changing their manager, according to recent a report.
The London Evening Standard claims Palace were weighing up a £30million swoop for the 27-year-old centre-back, but new boss Frank de Boer is now on the look out for alternatives.
It is said de Boer’s summer spending will be on a tight budget as Palace spent £40million in January, so the club have to watch their finances carefully.
The report states that among Palace’s new targets is Ajax defender Joel Veltman, who is potentially available for less than £10million.
The Standard’s claim is the latest development in what has been a long-term chase of Sakho, which is now understood to have ended following Sam Allardyce’s departure.
Sakho spent the second half of the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Selhurst Park, and he played a large part in their Premier League survival.
The 27-year-old made just eight league outings for Palace, but they won five of the matches he featured in, and he was nominated for the club’s Player of the Year award.
The Evening Standard claims the Frenchman is allowed to leave Liverpool this summer, but Palace is no longer on his list of potential destinations.
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This news will come as a big blow to Liverpool, who want the problematic 27-year-old off their books this summer. However, Palace will also be disappointed they could not fund a move for the man who was so impressive for them last season. £30million was always going to be a big ask for a club of Palace’s stature, and if the Reds are serious about giving Sakho the boot they may have to lower their asking price. It is difficult to see any future for the Frenchman at Anfield, and he may have to look abroad for a new club, as it seems no one in the Premier League is willing to give him a shot.
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