Sam Allardyce has categorically stated his desire to sign Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho on a permanent basis for the first time, warning other suitors that the club are willing to fight for the Frenchman.
The press have linked Mamadou with moves to all manner of European giants in recent weeks but having seen him take to life in South London like a duck to water, it’s clear from the comments above that Allardyce is feeling relatively sure-footed over our chances of forcing through a move as things stand.
Having seen his strained relationship with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp splashed across the newspapers for much of the last year, Sakho himself is almost certainly resigned to a future away from Anfield but with a whole host of elite clubs likely to be vying for his signature, Palace fans have never really held any realistic hopes of tying him down for the long haul. Perhaps Big Sam’s words here will change your view on that slightly.
Whilst the likes of Scott Dann and James Tomkins have at times been lauded for their performances in a red and blue shirt, the arrival of Mamadou Sakho has given our supporters an insight into what a bona fide top class centre-back looks like and unsurprisingly, every single one of us are now desperate to hold onto him for as long as possible.
A few months ago, the mere thought of shelling out £30 million for a defender would have been looked upon as lunacy by vast swathes of our fan-base but after just a few weeks of watching the aforementioned Frenchman dominating opposition strikers at the heart of our back-four, you will struggle to find a Palace supporter who would advise against making a bid of that magnitude when the transfer window opens.
Watch this space.