PL club plot last-ditch swoop for Liverpool centre-back - report
By Matt Farr
Crystal Palace are looking to sign Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, according to a report.
The 26-year-old defender is expected to depart Anfield after falling out-of-favour with manager Jurgen Klopp.
He has not made a single appearance for the club since the Merseyside derby victory over Everton back in April, having been exiled from the first-team setup.
Sky Sports reported on Tuesday morning that Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace had emerged as the latest side looking to end the France international’s Liverpool nightmare, and were hoping to do a deal.
Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for Sakho, but are only looking to shift him on a permanent basis, having reportedly rejected a loan offer from Southampton earlier this month.
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Get French Football News claim that Russian outfit Spartak Moscow are also in contact over a potential deal, but Sakho is believed to want to remain in England.
However, Crystal Palace are also determined to land the signature of the former Paris Saint-Germain star, as they continue their hunt for reinforcements.
Allardyce has already made a number of changes to the side he inherited from Alan Pardew earlier in the season, including the arrival of Sunderland full-back Patrick van Aanholt, but more defensive additions can be expected from Palace as they prepare for another relegation dogfight.
Football Insider verdict
Sakho has no future at Anfield, yet while it is understandable that Liverpool want to be rid of him permanently, they run the risk of being stuck with him for another six months. His wages are proving to be the biggest threat to him leaving the club, forcing many clubs into considering only loan deals, like Southampton. However, before his Anfield exile, Sakho was a top quality centre-back, and could still do a fantastic job for many top-level sides. He could be a huge asset for Crystal Palace in particular, who will no doubt be fighting until the very end of the season to avoid relegation. The wages could prove a stumbling block for Palace too, however, having failed in their attempts to sign Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson because of reported wage budget restraints. Sakho would cost much more, never mind the transfer fee.
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