Mamadou Sakho could be on his way to the Russian Premier League to join Spartak Moscow, according to reports in France.
The France international is currently mulling over his options ahead of a January move, and is not short of potential new clubs, with options across the continent and in the Premier League.
Sevilla, Galatasaray, Southampton, Bournemouth and Swansea City are all said to be interested in signing Sakho, who was reported to be due to make a final decision by Thursday.
He could opt against all five, however, and make the switch to Moscow, if reports from French outlet Le10Sport are to be believed.
They claim that Spartak have “launched a big offensive in recent days,” with their offer said to be appealing to Sakho due to the financial merits of playing in Russia.
The 26-year-old is “willing to accept the proposal,” though they stress that “nothing is complete.”
Spartak currently have Ilya Kutepov, Salvatore Bocchetti, Serdar Tasci, Mauricio and Aleksandr Putsko on their books as centre-back options, but Sakho would be a step up in quality.
He would become the fourth French player to currently operate in the Russian Premier League, joining Yohan Mollo, Yann M’Vila and Gabriel Obertan.
It would arguably represent a backwards step for Sakho, however, with the Reds’ No. 3 having already dropped out of the picture for France due to a lack of meaningful on-field activity.
If Sakho did make the switch to Spartak, Liverpool could hope to foster a positive relationship with the club’s hierarchy, with Jurgen Klopp believed to be an admirer of one of their star players.
Dutch winger Quincy Promes was reported to be on Klopp’s radar this January, with a £20 million bid for the 25-year-old mooted, though speculation has died down in recent days.
According to the Mail, Liverpool won’t be bidding for Promes this month, and with the Liverpool Echo hinting at a summer bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt, it may be off the cards entirely.
Promes has scored six goals and assisted another seven in just 14 league games for Spartak this season, with his direct brand of attacking football an ideal alternative to Reds winger Sadio Mane.
Mane’s absence was felt in Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat away to Southampton in the League Cup semi-finals, but Klopp seems content with his options without the £30 million summer signing.
Liverpool’s only January activity could well be departures, with Pedro Chirivella having already joined Go Ahead Eagles on loan and Tiago Ilori reported to have completed a move to Reading.
Along with Sakho, Lucas Leiva has been the subject of interest this month, and the Brazilian is currently considering his options.