According to Lille chief executive Marc Ingla, it is unlikely the club will bring in Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho in the January transfer window.
“We are preparing for the January window,” Ingla told French radio station RMC.
“There are some interesting things we can do. We have contacted agents. We have spoken with the clubs. You have to do things properly.
“Depay and Sakho? I would prefer not to be specific! But I do not think that they will be coming to Lille, if you want an answer.”
As noted by Agarwal, Sakho has been linked with a possible move to Lille having been marginalised by Klopp at Anfield. Indeed, the France international is yet to make a single appearance for the senior side this term, turning out regularly for the club’s Under 23 team instead.
It’s also suggested that West Bromwich Albion hold an interest in the ex-PSG man, while there are also Turkish clubs looking at the defender.
Given his status at the club currently, a January sale looks a certainty for Sakho. Keith Costigan of FOX Sports is unsure whether the Reds can command a large fee for the defender, either:
Seen people say we can command big fee for Sakho. I disagree. Hard to ask teams to pay big money when they know Club wants Sakho gone
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) December 3, 2016
Sakho was a popular figure at Anfield, especially toward the back end of the 2015-16 season when he excelled at centre-back. However, he was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour after not showing “respect” to his colleagues and has not been seen in a competitive game since.
The 26-year-old showed he can be a big asset with some stellar performances last term and, for the likes of West Brom, he could represent a coup in January. Liverpool, meanwhile, don’t look to be missing the defender too much at all, as they continue to challenge at the top of the Premier League.