Sakho set for Sunderland loan move

    Sakho in action against Borussia Dortmund

    Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will join Sunderland on loan.

    The French centre-back was hoping to stay at Anfield and fight for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s defence this season, but after being told that he would be unlikely to play much he has decided to make the temporary switch.

    There has also been a change of heart from Sunderland boss David Moyes, who spurned the opportunity to sign the former Paris Saint Germain defender last week.

    A series of behavioural issues have seen Klopp become increasingly less confident in Sakho and the German has decided to give him the chance to prove his professionalism with a spell away from Anfield.

    Premier League clubs Stoke City and West Brom had both also moved for Sakho, but it has been agreed that he will move to the Stadium of Light in order to gain regular game time this season.

    Sakho was banned for a failed drugs test at the back end of last season and has not featured for the first-team since the 4-0 win over Everton back in April.

    He is likely to become a regular in Sunderland’s defence as they fight against relegation.

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