By Harvey Byrne
Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has revealed his intentions to sign Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho on a permanent basis.
The 27-year-old Frenchman has not played for Jurgen Klopp’s since a 4-0 victory against Everon in April following a failed drugs test.
His relationship then worsened with his manager after he was sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States in the summer, leaving him to sit in the club’s reserves until his move to Palace on the January window’s deadline day.
The powerhouse defender has since helped Crystal Palace improve on their form and manager Allardyce told in his pre-match press conference on Thursday, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account that he would like to tie up Sakho on a permanent deal.
However, he also shared that talks cannot commence until the club know they are safe from relegation.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) April 20, 2017
Allardyce’s men are currently sat in 15th place in the league table, seven points ahead of Swansea in 18th with six games left.
They will be facing Liverpool next on Sunday and Sakho, who has improved the club’s defence thoroughly will be missing from the encounter due to the loan agreement.
Football Insider verdict:
Sakho is clearly a talented defender and would also improve the Reds’ back line. However, Liverpool can also do better than the Frenchman, as was shown when he did play for the club and there is no saying how badly damaged his relationship with Klopp is. Therefore, the Merseyside giants should look to offload the defender while his market value is still high and they could still make a a profit on the £18million they initially spent to bring him in from Paris-Saint Germain in the summer of 2013.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp has made this emphatic transfer decision.