Mamadou Sakho turns down Besiktas loan move

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Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho has turned down his third loan offer of the transfer window, this time from Turkish side Besiktas.

The Frenchman has been told in no uncertain terms that he won’t feature in Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team squad if he remains on Merseyside this season, with the 49-year-old pushing a loan move.

This comes following Klopp’s concerns over Sakho’s attitude, something reminiscent of his time under Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc at Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite this, however, Sakho seems reluctant to leave Liverpool, having already turned down moves to Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion this month.

Now, according to the Express‘ Paul Joyce, Sakho has opted against a move to the Turkish Super Lig with Besiktas.

Besiktas have been linked with Sakho throughout the summer, with manager Senol Gunes short on specialist centre-back options.

But Sakho seems unlikely follow former Reds partner and new Fenerbahce signing Martin Skrtel to Istanbul, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will leave Liverpool at all before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

Klopp will no doubt insist on a temporary departure for the 26-year-old, following a summer littered with perceived problems with his application.

SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Thursday, July 21, 2016: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho takes a photo as he waits to board a cruise to Alcatraz Island from Pier 33 to visit the prison on day one of the club's USA Pre-season Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sakho was suspended by UEFA in April after testing positive for a fat-burning substance, and while the charges were later dropped, it seems he was acting against the wishes of the Reds’ sports science team.

Furthermore, after travelling with Klopp’s squad for their pre-season tour of the US despite an injury, Sakho was late for a flight, a team meal and missed a physio session.

This caused a rift between player and manager, and with Klopp signing two new centre-backs this summer in Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip, he has decided a loan move is what is best for Sakho.

With the rest of the day to negotiate a deal, speculation over Sakho’s future is unlikely to go away—expect more on the No. 3’s future throughout Wednesday.

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