Over the summer, following his falling out at Liverpool with Jürgen Klopp, West Bromwich Albion moved to bring Mamadou Sakho in on loan. The player blocked the deal, hoping that if he remained at Anfield, he could slowly work his way back into the first team picture.
That hasn’t worked out so far, with Sakho remaining well back of Jöel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva, and Ragnar Klavan on the defensive depth chart. In recent weeks, the player appears to have accepted that, leading to speculation that a January move is on the cards.
According to multiple reports today, including in the Liverpool Echo, that in turn has West Brom back in the picture, as Tony Pulis is reportedly still interested in bringing the French international to The Hawthornes to anchor his side, currently sat 11th in the Premier League.
In recent weeks, Sakho has also been heavily linked with a move back to France, with both Lille and Nice—current home to Mario Balotelli—linked with a move, and the French national team coach encouraging him to switch clubs in order to save his career.
In either case, a move to France would be expected to be a permanent one. West Brom, on the other hand, would be a loan. Which Sakho prefers, and which is more likely to happen, probably hinges on whether he has any remaining hopes of making it at Anfield.