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West Bromwich Albion Reportedly End Sakho Pursuit

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Liverpool's unwanted centre back won't be heading to the Hawthorns next month.

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Sources close to TLO can confirm that Sakho was absolutely devastated when he found out that he wouldn't be working with Tony Pulis.
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Despite Liverpool's defensive collapse against Bournemouth on Sunday, there is no way back for Mamadou Sakho who is set to leave in the January transfer window. Lucas Leiva, Ragnar Klavan, and Dejan Lovren aren't better centre backs than the French international, but Jürgen Klopp's decision on the matter is final. Contrary to earlier reports, West Bromwich Albion will not be making a move for Sakho next month.

According to ESPN FC, "sources close to" West Brom have confirmed that the club have ended any interest in the player. Tony Pulis took a look at the 26-year-old in under-23 action against Derby but decided against a move. Pulis' side lie in seventh after beating Watford FC on Saturday, and the manager stated his intention to "bring one or two" players in during the mid-season window.

It's still unclear as to whether West Brom were considering a loan or permanent move for the French international, but there will surely be other options for Sakho to consider. Stoke City were interested in the summer, but Mark Hughes turned to Bruno Martins Indi after Sakho was unwilling to Liverpool. The Dutch defender has impressed so far, making any further defensive reinforcements unnecessary barring unforeseen injuries.

Things change quickly in the transfer market, and West Brom or other clubs could be forced to make a move if the need arises.