By Aramide Oladipo
Liverpool have reached an agreement with fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace to sell defender Mamadou Sakho on deadline day, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC journalist Ian Dennis revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Reds have agreed a deal with Palace worth £26million for the 27-year-old.
— Ian Dennis (@Iandennisbbc) August 31, 2017
The central defender enjoyed a great spell at Selhurst Park last season when he was sent out on loan during the January transfer window.
The Frenchman was an instant regular in the Palace back-four and his performances helped the team retain their Premier League status last season.
Sakho has been unable to feature for the Reds this season after picking up a serious ligament injury with Palace at the latter stages of the previous campaign.
Since securing a permanent move to Merseyside four years ago, the France international has been inconsistent with his performances but he was an important part of the team which almost clinched the Premier League title during the 2013-14 season.
Sakho made a total of 80 appearances for the Reds and notched up three goals in the process.
Football Insider verdict
This is a great move for all parties involved. Since becoming the main man at the helm, Jurgen Klopp hasn’t fully trusted Sakho to be a part of the Liverpool back-four. The Frenchman excelled during his spell at Palace at the back end of last season and when he recovers from injury, he will surely provide them with the necessary quality to help them avoid the drop this time around. The defender was never going to become a fixture in the Liverpool first-team this season and a regular place in the Palace squad could potentially see him earn a place in the France national team should they qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
In other Liverpool news, a midfielder has also left Anfield on deadline day.