Liverpool growing increasingly confident they will finalise £30m transfer

Liverpool are reportedly refusing to budge on their £30m valuation for defender Mamadou Sakho but are confident that an interested side will soon come forward.

The 27-year-old was a big hit during his half-season loan at Crystal Palace in 2016-17, being nominated for the club’s Player of the Year gong despite featuring just eight times.

Palace are said to have withdrawn any interest in signing the Frenchman due to the large asking price, but the Liverpool Echo reports that a number of clubs are still weighing up bids.

It is claimed that the Reds have received some enquiries and, in the wake of rivals Everton paying £25m for centre-back Michael Keane, are optimistic of a £30m offer being tabled between now and the end of August.

Sakho, under contract at Anfield until 2020, is currently training away from his Liverpool teammates as he recovers from a knee injury that cut short his season with Palace last time out.