The Athletic’s West Bromwich Albion reporter Steve Madeley has shed some light on a potential stumbling block for West Brom in their pursuit of alleged January transfer target, Mamadou Sakho of Crystal Palace.
The issue of Sakho’s wages
Madeley has taken to Twitter to explain that the big issue facing West Brom in their attempt to sign Sakho, who has made just four Premier League appearances for the Eagles so far this term, is the centre-back’s wages.
Would Sakho finally replace Hegazi at West Brom?
The Athletic journalist also shared that he believes Sakho would be an upgrade for the Baggies on the ‘bang average’ Ahmed Hegazi, who was controversially loaned out by Albion in the summer transfer window, much to the frustration of then-manager Slaven Bilic.
The Baggies did bring in two centre-backs in the summer transfer window, with Cedric Kipre and Branislav Ivanovic joining the West Midlands club, but it may be fair to say that neither of those two players have managed to make much of an impact at The Hawthorns.
Kipre is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football while 36-year-old Ivanovic has started just one game under Allardyce thus far since he took over on 16th December and he has failed to prevent the Baggies from conceding more goals than any other top-flight team at this stage of the 2020/21 campaign.
With that in mind, perhaps you could argue that signing Sakho, who Madeley seemingly deems to be of sufficient quality for a Premier League side, could allow West Brom to secure a proper replacement for 29-year-old Hegazi, who the journalist compared him to in his tweet.
Will West Brom sign Sakho?
So, perhaps Sakho could play an important part in Albion’s battle against relegation, with Allardyce admitting that his side’s January transfer business will play an essential role in their survival bid, and it will be interesting to see if he can somehow get there former Liverpool man into his ranks this month.
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