Crystal Palace are currently trying to trim their squad in the January transfer window.
Roy Hodgson hasn’t ruled out any new signings but while the Palace boss will probably be keeping a close eye on the market, the Eagles aren’t expected to make any new additions to the squad.
But it seems Palace are set to focus all their efforts on trying to offload several unwanted players including Connor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho instead.
Steve Parish signed the former Liverpool centre-back for £26m after he ended the 2016-17 season at Anfield. The Parisian-born defender penned a four-year deal with Palace which is set to expire at the end of this season.
Sakho kicked off the campaign with three starts from the first four games, but is deemed surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park after falling out of favour with manager Hodgson.
According to French newspaper Nice-Matin, as per The Daily Mail, Nice are reportedly closing in on a move for the outcast centre-back.
Recently described as an “incredible” player by the Palace boss after he made his comeback against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, the season started so brightly for Sakho following an injury-disrupted campaign, but his form has somewhat tailed off.
Per WhoScored, he is only averaging 0.8 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game in the Premier League this season.
It appears Hodgson has finally lost his patience with the former French international and his time at the club seems to be be all but over after he was substituted at half-time during the FA Cup defeat to Wolves on Friday night.
Against Wolves, as per SofaScore, he failed to record a tackle in the first half and completed just one accurate long ball from three attempts.
The centre-back has barely featured at all since the start of the season so it’s unlikely his presence in the dressing room will be missed too much if he departs Selhurst Park in the near future.
Palace need players they can rely on and Parish needs to be ruthless in clearing out the deadwood and try to boost the transfer kitty with a much-needed clear out. Erratic form and injury struggles have not helped his case.
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