Liverpool closing on PSG star Sakho

Liverpool look set to finally end their search for a new defender with reports suggesting the cub are closing in on Mamadou Sakho.

The PSG defender is poised to leave the French Champions following the big money summer arrival of 19 year old Brazilian Marquinhos from Roma.

With Thiago Silva and Alex also on the Parisian’s book the 23 year old is not guaranteed a regular place in the starting line-up and with the 2014 World Cup looming is keen to move in order to secure regular football.

That move appears to be edging closer with reports in France claiming that Liverpool have opened talks with PSG over a potential deal.

Those talks could escalate with the Reds facing a potential defensive crisis after Kolo Toure went off injured in the 4-2 win over Notts County in the Capital One cup.

Former Manchester City defender Toure has settled in very quickly following his free arrival earlier in the summer helping the club to two clean sheets in the opening round of games but he injured his groin against the league one outfit and left the ground on crutches.

That could prompt Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to make his move especially with Martin Skrtel, linked with a move to Napoli, only recently returning to training following a knee injury and Sebastian Coates out for the season after suffering a season ending injury whilst on International duty with Uruguay.

Liverpool face competition however with Arsenal and Manchester City also monitoring the defender, both clubs are in the hunt for a commanding centre back after losing key players to injury, namely Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany.

Roma and AC Milan are also keen on the 14 times capped French International with Sky Italia reporting that Roma have also opened talks with PSG.

Sakho would be a relatively inexpensive option as he is entering the final year of his contract and would likely cost in the region of £8 million pounds.

However despite his desire to move on PSG boss Laurent Blanc is keen to keep the player at the Parc des Princes.

“When players express their desire to leave in their head, it is not always clear,” Blanc said.

“He expressed his desire to the club. Will there be a solution by September 2nd? I hope so, for the player and for the club.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.