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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.

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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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