Mamadou Sakho's expected loan move from Liverpool edges closer with Stoke City placing interest in defender

Mamadou Sakho's loan move away from Liverpool is getting closer and closer by the day, with Stoke City reportedly lining up a deal for the out-of-favour centre-back. 

The Telegraph have claimed that Sakho is wanted by Potters boss Mark Hughes to line up alongside Ryan Shawcross in the centre of their defence, possibly on a six month loan.

Sakho has had a tough few months

News emerged earlier this week that Jürgen Klopp is ready to listen to loan offers for Sakho, with the official line being that he's looking to help the Frenchman build up his fitness and clear his head after a turbulent few months.

Sakho was wrongly suspended for the end of Liverpool's season on a drugs charge which he was subsequently found not guilty for, and missed both the Europa League final and Euro 2016 as a result. Following on from that, he was sent home from Liverpool's pre-season tour of America for disciplinary reasons, whilst battling injury which saw him ruled out of the start of the season. 

Given all of this, sending him away to play first team football for a short spell would make sense to some. However, given the fact that he's 26-years-old and considered by many as Liverpool's most talented centre-back, it seems a strange move, one that may point towards a permanent exit not particularly far down the line.

Sakho and Klopp's relationship has gone downhill (photo: Getty)
Sakho and Klopp's relationship has gone downhill (photo: Getty)

Will he end up in the Potteries?

It remains to be seen if he does move to Stoke, after it was reported elsewhere that David Moyes had rejected the chance to bring Sakho to the Stadium of Light for a loan move at Sunderland

Sakho won't be involved as Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday for an away game against Tottenham Hotspur, with kick-off in North London set for 12:30 BST.