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23rd Dec, 2016 | 8:57am

Liverpool scare off suitors by demanding loan fee for £80,000-a-week ace - report

By Dominic Toner

Liverpool will ask for a £500,000 loan fee for defender Mamadou Sakho, according to a report.

The Mail claim that the Reds will demand the fee to sign their out-of-favour defender on loan in January.

It is believed that West Brom and West Ham have made enquiries for the centre-back, who has not made a first team appearance this season.

The Mail reports that the two English clubs are hoping Liverpool drop the fee for the defender as he is too costly, with the Frenchman currently on wages of £80,000-a-week.

The report details that Lille, AC Milan and Inter are also interested in Sakho.

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Sakho has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield as manager Jurgen Klopp has left him out of his plans due to a number of off-field issues.

The 26-year-old was sent home during a pre-season tour of the United States in the summer after he failed a drugs test last season, which was latter dismissed.

He has been restricted to Liverpool’s Under-23s this season and has made five appearances for them.

Sakho has made 28 senior appearances for France and has shown his defensive qualities during his time at Liverpool,

The centre-back moved to the Merseyside club in 2013 and has played 80 times, picking up just three yellows cards in that time.

He appears unlikely to have an immediate future with the club and will be desperate for regular first team football, something which could be difficult to achieve in England due to his total cost.

Klopp is currently content with his defensive options as Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Lucas compete for a starting spot.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp has turned his attention to a new playmaker after being warned of a Bundesliga ace.