25 Aug 2016

Talks Held: Liverpool could seal deadline-day transfer for 'wonderful' £20m star. Klopp confirms deal is possible

On Sunday, multiple reports claimed that Sunderland had rejected the opportunity to sign 'wonderful' Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, but new reports this week suggest that Stoke City are the latest Premier League club to register an interest.

On Monday, the Daily Mail reported:

"Sunderland have turned down an option to sign Mamadou Sakho on loan".

When asked about Sakho's future after Tuesday's victory over Burton Albion, Jurgen Klopp hinted at action behind the scenes:

“Everybody who needs to be informed about this [the Sakho deal] has been informed. There are no secrets with the important people”

On Wednesday, an exclusive in the Daily Telegraph claimed:

"Stoke have asked about [Sakho]. Mark Hughes has made an inquiry and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the transfer deadline".

Stoke City is a haven for ex-Liverpool players, with Salif Diao, Oussama Assaidi, Jermaine Pennant, Peter Crouch, Charlie Adam, and Joe Allen all plying their trade their at one time or another.

Like Liverpool, Stoke have conceded five goals in their first two Premier League games, so defensively, there's clearly room for improvement.

Stoke have a number of good international players, so a move to the Brittania Stadium may be more palatable for Sakho (as opposed to signing for relegation fodder like Sunderland).

^ Cost Liverpool £20m


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