EPL side plot club-record bid for Liverpool star, months after manager dismissed move

According to The Mirror, Southampton are set to make a £20million move to sign Liverpool defender Mamdou Sakho this summer.

The Saints suffered a number of injury blows in January, as captain Jose Fonte joined West Ham United in a surprise deal, before Virgil van Dijk picked up a major ankle injury too.

Manager Claude Puel has subsequently handed first-team football to Maya Yoshia and Jack Stephens, whilst he also brought in a free agent to boost his options in Uruguayan international Martin Caceres.

Southampton may look to bring in a more long-term solution though, and with clubs circling for Van Dijk’s signature, it seems that the club have their sights set on one Premier League centre back.

The Mirror claim that Southampton are eyeing a £20million bid for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, in a move which would shatter the club’s transfer record.

Sakho, 27, was in and out of the Liverpool side under former boss Brendan Rodgers, but he was frozen out by Jurgen Klopp this season, with no appearances for the Reds to his name.

The French international was subsequently sent out on loan to Crystal Palace in January, and his impressive performances have caught the eye, helping the Eagles keep three straight clean sheets in the Premier League.

Palace may want to keep him permanently, but with no option to buy in their loan deal, Southampton are allegedly hoping to swoop in and lure him to the South Coast this summer.

French boss Puel will be well aware of Sakho’s quality, but he did tell the Daily Echo in January that, whilst he’s aware of what the centre back can do, Southampton weren’t pursuing a deal.

His displays for Palace may have changed Puel’s mind, and a move to play under his fellow Frenchman could be appealing to Sakho, who will hope to settle down again having fallen out of favour at Liverpool.