The late British comedian Frankie Howerd’s catchphrase was “Nay, nay and thrice, nay”. Liverpool have adopted it as their transfer market motto. Crystal Palace’s third bid for 27-year-old defender Mamadou Sakho worth £25m has been rejected with the Reds holding out for their £30m valuation.
Palace’s latest bid is reported by Sky Sports as being £22m plus add-ons. The cash value is acceptable to Liverpool but they want the add-ons to total £8m to satisfy their asking price. It’s expected that talks between the two clubs will continue tomorrow as the Eagles seek to complete the deal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Sakho, capped 28 times by France, was a key player as Crystal Palace discovered their form during the latter stages of the season and comfortably avoided relegation. This time around, the Eagles have once again started badly with three defeats and no goals scored.
New manager Frank de Boer is already feeling the pressure with the fans booing the Eagles from the pitch after Saturday’s 0 – 2 reverse at home to Swansea City. He commented earlier in the summer that a deal for Sakho would be too expensive but it looks like the Palace board are making a public statement backing the manager.