Out of favour Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been offered a lifeline by Premier League rivals Stoke City as The Telegraph reported that the Potters manager Mark Hughes is interested in the defender.
The French international, who impressed last season, has fallen out of favour with Jurgen Klopp and has not played a single game this season. It is strongly speculated that he is free to leave on a temporary basis this summer. Klopp sent the defender home whilst on tour in the US during the preseason because of disciplinary issues. Sakho also missed the start of the season with a heel injury.
With his place looking uncertain this season at Anfield, Stoke boss has moved quickly to register his interest in the centre-back, who is looking to get his career back on track after a troubled four months due to doping allegations and injuries.
Meanwhile, the Merseyside club are insisting that they don’t want to sell the defender, but don’t mind him going out on loan to build his fitness. After beating Burton Albion 5-0 in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday, Klopp openly said that Sakho was available.
“I’m happy that I don’t talk in situations like this. Everybody who needs to be informed about this has been informed about this,” he said.
“There are no secrets with the important people, I would say,” he added.
Hughes is desperate to add more options in defence after his team conceded four against Manchester City last weekend but has admitted that signing a striker takes priority.
“That’s an area of the side we want to improve and we are still in the market to try and bring in a player of quality,” he explained.
“There’s been times, not only here, but in seasons gone by, where we lacked the killer element to our good play.
“There are a lot of good things we do up to a point, but we just haven’t got that final ball.”
Well, if the deal materialises then Sakho would join former Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen at the Britannia Stadium.