West Brom are facing a battle with Inter Milan and AC Milan to sign Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho on loan in January, according to latest reports
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has banished Sakho to the reserves this term, and the French centre-back has not made an appearance for Liverpool in 2016-17 following a number of controversies—including him being sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Previously Le Parisien reported that, despite Sakho recently suggesting he was still happy at the Merseyside outfit, he is “privately disgusted by his treatment at the club” and is ready to leave.
Albion failed in a summer move for him when he rejected a loan switch.
But they have maintained an interest and Sakho could reconsider as he remains frozen out by Jurgen Klopp.
However, Inter and AC are also keen to take him on loan.
Sakho has featured for Liverpool’s second-string in a bid to keep up his fitness.
The 26-year-old’s contract with Liverpool runs to 2020, but given his reported eagerness to leave Anfield and the club’s willingness to sell, he could be available on a cut-price deal.
As a result, he could attract plenty of interest, as despite the controversies surrounding him—which also include a UEFA doping suspension last season—he has proved himself to be a top-class defender.
He was arguably the Merseysiders’ best centre-back last season and has been a popular figure at Anfield since he moved to Liverpool from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 for £18m, per Reds writer Joel Rabinowitz:
Forcing our best defender out of the club when he wants to stay and fight for his place is a bit mad isn't it.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) August 30, 2016