Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that he would like to sign Mamadou Sakho on a permanent transfer once his loan deployment ends.
The 27-year-old has made a huge impact at Palace since joining them on loan during the January transfer window following a bust-up with Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool don’t want him back at Anfield and they are hoping to secure a transfer fee close to £30million despite only looking for around £20million in January.
Palace would like to retain him but for that to happen they would have to avoid the drop and try and negotiate his value down somewhat.
Giving his thoughts on the matter, Allardyce said: “We’ve managed to capitalise hugely on the fact that he decided to come to Crystal Palace.
“You have to give Mama a lot of credit for coming to a club that looked like it was doomed for relegation and showing his worth and ability and skill.
“He’s been one of the reasons why we have pulled around such a dramatic recovery in the last six games and why we have picked up so many points. He’s been a key figure in there.
“Whatever happened between him and Jurgen is between him and Jurgen. We’ve benefitted from that. What happens in the future, when the loan runs out, only time will tell.
“Our first priority is we have to make sure we’re safe as quickly as possible. Would we like Mama Sakho? Yes. Would we talk about it now? No, because we’re not safe.
“When we’re safe we will maybe talk about it then and many other players.”