Liverpool have reportedly reignited their interest in Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.
The Reds are keen to reinforce their defence ahead of the season and find a long-term replacement for veteran Jamie Carragher. Also, the future of Daniel Agger - who has been heavily linked to Barcelona - remains uncertain, while Martin Skrtel and Sebastain Coates have clearly fallen down Brendan Rodgers' pecking order.
According to the Express, the Merseyside outfit has now zeroed in on Sakho as an ideal target. The Frenchman has been on Liverpool's radar for some time now. However, the interest had cooled of late, after 23-year-old hinted he decided to stay at PSG this summer, despite losing his captaincy and being reduced to a bit-part player in the last two years.
In a further turn of events, France boss Didier Deschamps omitted Sakho from the squad to face Belgium this week, disagreeing with the player's decision to continue as a fringe player at PSG. The manager stated the defender must earn regular game time, if he wants to resurrect his international career.
L'Equipe reports Sakho has been hurt by Deschamps' comments on why he was overlooked and, with the 2014 World Cup approaching at the end of the season, the player is now contemplating a transfer from his hometown club. Liverpool are now understood to be keen on taking advantage of the situation, though they will face competition from AC Milan and AS Monaco for the defender's services.
Sakho could be a major coup for the Reds, especially his experience and versatility. The defender mainly plays at the heart of defence but can also operate at left-back; a position where Liverpool currently have only Jose Enrique as a senior name.
Deschamps is open to reintegrating Sakho to Les Bleus' squad, if he keeps getting first team football for his club.
"This is life. This is his career. He had a choice to make and apparently he made it. I do not know if everyone understands [why he was overlooked] but he does. His choice is PSG. They make a choice. After all, it is their career. They have people who are there to guide them. In his situation it comes down to the fact that he has to be selectable to be selected," the France manager pointed out.