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Crystal Palace agree £26m fee for Liverpool’s defender, Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho: Crystal Palace agree £26m fee for Liverpool defender

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is in London for a medical at Crystal Palace after the clubs agreed a £26m deal.The offer was Palace’s fourth of the summer for the 27-year-old, after a £25m bid was rejected on Tuesday.

Liverpool previously said they would not take less than £30m for the French defender, who had a successful loan spell at Selhurst Park last season.

Sakho is surplus to requirements at Anfield after falling out of favour with manager Jurgen Klopp.

Palace chairman Steve Parish was successful with his latest offer after a bid worth £22m plus £3m in add-ons was turned down.

But having made a slight compromise, Liverpool will still turn a profit on a player they signed for £18m from Paris St-Germain in September 2013.

Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion had been interested in the defender but it is believed a return to London was always his favoured option if a deal could be agreed.

Sakho established himself as a favourite at Selhurst Park during his loan spell last season under Sam Allardyce, helping Palace escape relegation.

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Palace have started the season with three Premier League defeats under new manager Frank de Boer.

 BBC Sports

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