Liverpool accept £26m bid from Palace for Sakho

Date published: Thursday 31st August 2017 6:52 - Matthew Stead

Liverpool have accepted a £26million bid from Crystal Palace for defender Mamadou Sakho, according to reports.

Press Association Sports claim that the two clubs have finally agreed a fee ahead of a proposed deadline day move.

The France defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park having fallen out of favour with manager Jurgen Klopp over a number of disciplinary issues last summer, and a return south was always the player’s preferred option.

Liverpool had been holding out for £30m but after turning down £22m plus £3m in add-ons on Wednesday – Palace’s third offer – the Reds decided to cut their losses on a player whom they have been trying to offload for a year.

PA Sport claimed earlier in the day Palace made a bid in excess of £20m for Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala but Sakho was always their number one target this summer, having impressed in his four-month stay last season before a knee injury prematurely ended his campaign.

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