Glen Johnson, Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch and Joe Allen are already on Stoke’s books, but it turns out the Potters are keen on adding another ‘former’ Liverpool ‘star’ to their roster.
The Sunday Express reported yesterday that Mark Hughes is keen on Liverpool’s £30m-rated centre-back Mamadou Sakho, who’s been frozen out of first-team consideration by Jurgen Klopp.
Many would assume a £30m price-tag for an unwanted defender was overly ambitious, but Sakho is in his prime at 27 and shone for Crystal Palace on loan during the second half of 2016/17. For this reason, he might have set his sights higher than Stoke anyway.
There seems no way back for Sakho at Liverpool, but it might make sense for us to hold onto him until nearer the beginning of next season.
If we fail in our pursuit of Virgil van Dijk (it’s looking that way…), then we’ll have to approach somebody else – and there isn’t too many elite centre-backs on the market.
Keeping Sakho is very unlikely considering Klopp’s ruthless attitude towards him so far, but while he’s on our books, it remains an option.