Liverpool have turned down a bid from Serie A side Roma for defender Mamadou Sakho, according to the Daily Express.
The 25-year-old was left out of the squad to face Stoke City during the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. The Express report that he had missed some training during the week leading up to the fixture as he became a father.
That appears to have prompted Roma to make an offer for the former Paris Saint-Germain centre-back, with the Express suggesting that the move would see Sakho initially move to Italy on loan, with a view to a permanent switch. However, the Reds have rejected the bid.
In a largely disappointing campaign at Anfield last season, it was the France international that was one of the few players in Brendan Rodgers’ squad to come out of the year with any kind of credit. Despite the presence of the ever-reliable Martin Skrtel, Sakho arguably established himself as the club’s best central-defender.
And while Dejan Lovren was impressive at the Britannia Stadium, Reds fans will be hoping that Rodgers quashes any speculation linking Sakho with a summer departure by including him in the squad to face Bournemouth tomorrow.
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