23 Dec 2016

Talks Held: Liverpool determined to seal January transfer for 'exceptional' £20m star. Done deal soon?

Jurgen Klopp remains intent on dumping Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho in January.

Earlier this month, French newspaper Le10 Sport claimed:

"West Ham have already made an approach to sign Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho, who is interested in a deal to revive his career".

According to The Independent today, Liverpool are willing to sell, at a price:

"West Ham are linked with a move for Sakho but Liverpool's demand for a loan fee has hindered talks. The Reds want £500k to allow Sakho to leave on a temporary basis, and any club would need to cover his £80k-a-week wages".

I maintain that Klopp's continued isolation of Sakho is disrespectful and unwarranted. He made his mistakes, and paid the price, so continually marginalising the defender smacks of vindictiveness and/or holding a grudge.

That said, even if Sakho returned to the fold, it's unlikely he'd make the first XI (especially with Klopp at the helm), and after rejecting a move in the summer (as he was entitled to do), I doubt Sakho will think twice about leaving now.

Liverpool clearly do not want Sakho, so why put obstacles in the way of getting him off the books? Demanding a £500k loan fee is ridiculously short-sighted, especially since Sakho - if he stays - will cost the Reds the same amount in just six weeks of being on the sidelines.

Just let him go already!

^ Apr 2016: Hailed by Gary Lineker as an 'exceptional defender'. £20m-rated


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