Liverpool have flatly rejected Southampton’s bid to loan Mamadou Sakho for six months, telling our EFL Cup semi-final opponents that the Frenchman is only available for sale.
This is according to the Echo, who claim Saints’ enquiry was immediately rebutted yesterday.
Liverpool told Southampton, and will tell any other potential suitor, that Sakho’s price-tag is £20m – and he’ll remain on the sidelines and playing for our Under-23s until a potential buyer submits a suitable bid.
It’s a risky game from Liverpool, but it worked during the summer – and we managed to sell Christian Benteke, Joe Allen, Jordon Ibe and Martin Skrtel for decent prices.
Sakho hasn’t played for us once this term and now understands that his future lies elsewhere.
Southampton want Sakho to replace captain Jose Fonte who’s submitted a transfer request, but they’ll have to break their transfer record for our frozen out 26-year-old.
We hope they decide to stump up the cash. Southampton are a great club, and we’ve taken so many of their players of the past few years, it’d be nice to return the favour!