Steve Parish has admitted directly that Crystal Palace will actively pursue a permanent transfer move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho over the course of the summer.
Despite missing the last few games of the summer with a knee injury he sustained in the home defeat to Tottenham a few weeks ago, Sakho has remained in the hearts and minds of the Palace faithful; almost all of whom are convinced we wouldn’t have beaten the drop without his influence on the team at the heart of our back four.
So commanding has Mamadou been in his brief stint in SE25 that he was placed on the club’s official shortlist for Player Of The Year, a subject that caused much hilarity in wider footballing circles but was totally understandable to those of us who have watched the team struggle through the vast majority of games in which he hasn’t taken part this season.
Having returned to Selhurst Park to take part in the end of season lap of appreciation on his crutches, it’s clear that the man himself feels at home in SE25 and with his working relationship with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp all but dead, there seems to be a sense of willing from all sides to get the wheels moving over a permanent deal for the French international.
Throughout his stint as owner of Crystal Palace, Steve Parish has always been careful not to speak too positively about any potential transfers that don’t have a realistic chance of coming off, making his comments about a possible deal for Sakho all the more encouraging. Mamadou himself has already praised the Eagles chairman for the passion he showed when convincing him to leave Anfield for SE25, giving us all hope of a happy ending to negotiations in the not too distant future.