By Danny Wright
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that there is not a clause in Mamadou Sakho’s contract to turn his loan deal from Liverpool into a permanent one.
Supporters of the south London club have been crying out for Allardyce to make a bid for Sakho in the summer after a series of impressive displays since arriving on loan in January.
The 27-year-old has been a huge part in helping the Eagles steer away from the Premier League’s relegation zone after securing five clean sheets and five wins in his six appearances.
Safety is still on the mind of Allardyce though, and he won’t consider dipping his toes into the transfer market until his club’s top-flight status is confirmed.
“No clause to make Mama’s stay permanent, but it was a great deal getting him in. We can’t talk about ‘that’ until we’re safe,” the Palace manager said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) April 14, 2017
Sakho fell afoul of Jurgen Klopp after he was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in the summer.
The 28-time French international was left to rot in the Anfield reserves until the Palace manager offered him a lifeline in January.
He’s made 80 appearances for the Reds since arriving from Paris St. Germain in 2013.
Palace are currently 16th in the league standings – six points clear of the drop zone – and welcome champions Leicester to Selhurst Park in their next fixture on Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted Sunday’s visit to West Brom.