Premier League club make emphatic decision on £75,000-a-week Liverpool player - report
By Amir Mir
Premier League rivals West Brom have ended their interest in Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim the Baggies, who were looking to bolster their defensive line for January by considering a move for Sakho, have now ended their interest in the demoted Reds player.
The France international has not featured for the senior side this season, after manager Jurgen Klopp stated that he has no future on Merseyside.
ESPN sources state that Albion boss Tony Pulis had watched the 26-year-old in action for the Liverpool Under-23s against Derby, but he has now ruled out a move for the defender.
Sakho has had an eventful summer on Merseyside, having been banned for a failed drugs test then later cleared by UEFA for his alleged doping offences.
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It meant the former PSG player missed the Euro 2016 campaign with France, with his home country eventually losing in the final to surprise winners Portugal in Paris.
He was then sent home from a pre-season training camp in the United States during the summer with his German boss citing disciplinary issues.
Sakho’s contract with Liverpool ends in 2020, with the Express claiming that the Frenchman is on £75,000-a-week with the Premier League giants.
During his time with the Reds, Sakho has made 80 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals for the club.
Football Insider verdict:
Jurgen Klopp clearly does not want Sakho anywhere near the club, so the Frenchman should do the simple thing, pack his bags and leave. At the age of 26, and with the experience he holds, Sakho has a lot to offer and the best way by doing that is to leave Merseyside. He can no doubt still hold his own for another Premier League club, but West Brom would be a step too low. Therefore, a move to a team in Europe would help both parties as Liverpool get the transfer fee and Sakho gets to play regular football.
In other Liverpool transfer news, club legend Robbie Fowler has stated that the Reds cannot afford to sell this 27-year-old.