Perhaps it’s a consequence of our awful start to the season, perhaps it’s been our plan all along but the details of the link attached just below suggests a deal for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is edging towards a conclusion.
Having started yesterday’s game at home to Swansea with the back three that Frank de Boer has continually favoured so far, we saw Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward struggle in the wing-back positions and James Tomkins go off with a worrying injury midway through the first-half after planting a shot high into the Whitehorse Lane end.
It is with those back-line issues in mind that a move for Sakho looks more likely than ever as I write this. The club may have cast a glance or two at alternative options over the last few weeks but after seeing the Frenchman dig us out of a sizeable hole last term, it’s only natural that the power wielders behind the scenes would hope for lightning to strike twice.
The other reason optimism over Sakho’s long-term future comes from his own desperation to move to London permanently, having enjoyed his time here immensely the first time around. His partner and child are known to be keen to move to the capital too, meaning that regardless of West Brom’s interest in him, he would still plump for a switch to Selhurst Park if push came to shove.
Obviously, West Ham also loom in the background and are likely to make a play for him before the sands of time run out but with the Hammers marooned on 0 points just like us, you’d hope that Mamadou would favour familiarity over a completely new test at The London Stadium.
Keep everything crossed.