West Brom have joined the race to land Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho after Crystal Palace believed he was too expensive.
To the bemusement of some Liverpool fans, Sakho does not figure in the plans of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, despite their struggles in defence leading to an interest in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.
Last campaign Sakho was sent out on loan to Palace, where he showed his class and performed a massive role in their fight to beat the drop.
The Eagles would love to land him on a permanent basis. However, the £30million price tag is beyond them and transfer to Selhurst Park is out of the question according to Palace manager Frank de Boer.
He claimed: “Everybody knows he had a major impact last season and when he’s available for us, I think that’s a quality injection, and we don’t hesitate at this moment, but it’s not like this because he’s much too expensive for us.”
But, that is not to say Sakho will not be on the move before the August 31 deadline, as stories are rife hinting that Baggies manager Tony Pulis has joined the race and will make a transfer if Jonny Evans heads to Manchester City.