With Mamadou Sakho primed to leave Liverpool in January, West Bromwich Albion are set to renew their interest in signing him on loan.
The Frenchman has been frozen out under Jurgen Klopp this season, with the German at odds with his commitment and professionalism.
After advising Sakho to leave the club on loan in order to regain form and fitness in the summer, Klopp saw his efforts rebuffed, before the centre-back criticised his treatment on social media in September.
Sakho was previously training with the first team despite turning out for the Liverpool Under-23s, but now trains exclusively with Michael Beale’s academy squad.
Tony Pulis’ side were one of three to have been rejected by Sakho in the summer, along with Stoke City and Besiktas, but will now return with another loan bid for the 26-year-old.
It is likely that, given his seemingly untenable position on Merseyside, Sakho will be more receptive this time around.
Pulis has fielded Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley as his starting centre-backs throughout the season so far, but with Sakho having proved his fitness with the U23s, he could hope to usurp one to a regular role.
Sakho is unlikely to be short of suitors in January, however, with Lille linked with a potential loan bid in October.
However, with the former Paris Saint-Germain captain earning £100,000 a week at Liverpool, they would be required to subsidise this by a significant portion.
Meanwhile, Sakho’s ex-Reds team-mate Mario Balotelli has recently expressed a desire to welcome him to another Ligue 1 club, OGC Nice.
“I speak to him from time to time. What a waste a player like that doesn’t play,” Balotelli said.
“He’s one of the best defenders I’ve come across. He should play every game. He should leave [Liverpool].
“If he wants to come…I’m going to ask him. I’m really going to ask him. In January? It would be good.”
Sakho could have West Brom, Lille, Nice and potentially both Stoke and Besiktas in for him in January, and it is highly unlikely he will still be on Merseyside come the end of the window.