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West Bromwich Albion: Steve Madeley downplays potential WBA move for Mamadou Sakho

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West Bromwich Albion journalist Steve Madeley has been discussing the Baggies reported transfer interest in Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho. 

This comes after Madeley recently made an appearance on The Athletic’s Ornstein & Chapman Podcast where he spoke about a number of subjects concerning the Midlands club.

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On the subject of a potential move for Sakho this month, Madeley had this to say on the matter.

He said: “I think his weekly wages [are] very much in the six figures which will be massively above [what] West Brom’s top earners are on at the moment and unless Palace were willing to subsidise that to get him out, then it would be a difficult deal to do, and realistically, Palace aren’t too far clear from the relegation battle themselves.

“Why would they spend their own money helping out a relegation rival and why would they do that deal unless it was beneficial to them in helping them to further their own cause?”

Palace signed Sakho back in the 2017 January transfer window from fellow Premier League club Liverpool before signing the Frenchman on a permanent deal in the following summer window.

Overall, the centre-back, who is currently valued at £8. million, has made 75 appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side in which he has managed to score one goal and provide two assists (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on Steve Madeley’s comments on a potential West Brom move for Sakho…

If Sakho would not be willing to take a pay cut if he were to make the move to the Hawthorns, then maybe West Brom should avoid signing him this month for the financial aspect of it. Especially with the club having already recently added Robert Snodgrass to their wage bill this month after he joined Sam Allardyce’s side from on an 18-month deal.

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However, with the Baggies currently sat in the relegation zone of the Premier League table having conceded 39 goals, more than any other team in the top-flight, they will still need to sign a defender in our view, so they can boost their defensive strength for the remainder of the season.

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