By Alex Stevens
West Brom are lining up a January bid for Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim Tony Pulis’ side are preparing to offer the Anfield outcast an escape route from Merseyside after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp.
It is said West Brom are ready to make a loan move for Sako, 26, when the transfer window re-opens.
This comes after French publication France Football reported that it is “99.9 per cent certain” that the defender will leave Liverpool in January.
It is said that Sakho has been banished by Klopp and no longer figures in the plans of the German manager.
The centre-back is yet to appear for the Reds this season after a pre-season fall-out with Klopp, in which he was sent home from the club’s tour of the USA for being “disrespectful” after he missed a flight, training session and team dinner.
This came after the France international was handed a drugs ban towards the end of the last campaign, which saw him miss the end of the domestic season, as well as the summer’s European Championships in his home nation. He was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.
The centre-half has been training with the development squad and has made two appearances for Liverpool Under-23s.
Sakho moved to Anfield in 2013 from cash-rich Paris-Saint Germain in an £18million deal and he has four years left on his contract.
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have emerged as Liverpool’s first-choice centre-back partnership this season, backed up by summer signing Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the asking price for an in-demand Brazilian forward has risen to £68million.