Transfer battle takes new twist as London side join chase for Liverpool star - report
By Will Butcher
Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho this month, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the France international is interesting Galatasaray and Sevilla as well as a handful of Premier League clubs, with a move likely to come about this month.
Sakho, 27, is expected to jump ship after failing to make a single first-team appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, following a pre-season bust-up.
That saw former Borussia Dortmund manager send Sakho home early from Liverpool’s tour of America in the summer, and he has been forced to train with the reserves since.
It remains to be seen if the Eagles are willing to match Sakho’s £105,000-a-week wages, after Sky Sports reported last week that his pay cheque has put off Swansea, Sevilla and Southampton.
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Sakho is unlikely to feature for the Reds again, as the former Paris Saint-Germain defender sits behind Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in the pecking order.
After moving to Merseyside in the summer of 2013, Liverpool’s number three has made 80 appearances since his £18million move to Anfield.
Football Insider verdict:
Sakho might have to accept a cut in wages in order to gain a move away from the Reds this month, as clubs continue to be put off by the huge terms of his contract. Reducing his wage requirements should see the defender finally end his Liverpool nightmare and reignite his stagnating career with regular first-team football. If he signs for Palace, Allardyce would be receiving a defender that is before his peak and offers more pace at the back than current first-choice centre-backs James Tomkins, Damien Delaney and Scott Dann. In a move that would suit both parties, both clubs must find a compromise in order to complete a deal with less than two weeks remaining in the January transfer window.
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