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Rumour Mongering: Mamadou Sakho to Lille in January

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French interest could give the out of favour defender a way out of his Anfield purgatory.

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According to reports out of France this morning, Ligue 1 side Lille are strongly considering a January move for out of favour Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho with it appearing increasingly unlikely the defender will be given a chance to revive his career at Anfield.

France’s Sport365 and MaxiFoot are both today claiming that with the side struggling, incoming owner Gerard Lopez plans a January splurge to ensure their survival in the top flight, and that Sakho is the dream target—and a player they believe Liverpool will be eager to sell.

Whether or not Sakho is the answer—or whether or not he’s willing to make the move should a firm offer arrive—it’s quite clear that Lille do need help. They currently sit on ten points after ten games, and are only clear of the relegation zone on goal differential.

Sakho, who has been frozen out at Liverpool following his suspension for a false doping charge the spring, blocked a loan move away from Liverpool over the summer in the hopes that he could find a path back to the first team. Sadly, the 26-year-old remains almost entirely sidelined.

While it’s commendable that Sakho wanted to stay at Liverpool to prove his worth given that, at his best, he looked a cornerstone centre half for the club and grew into a firm fan favourite, sooner or later he has to decide if his career can survive remaining any longer.