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Liverpool reject Southampton loan bid for Sakho

Sakho will only leave Liverpool on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

Liverpool have rejected a loan bid from Southampton for out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho. Reports say the Saints' offer was instantly dismissed as the Reds will only consider permanently offloading the France international.

The centre-back is no longer considered part of the first-team squad after being sent home from the club's pre-season training camp in California as manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his attitude.

Sakho trained with and played for the club's under-23 side for the first half of the season but since the transfer window opened he has not featured as the club want to minimise the chances of him getting injured and jeopardising a move.

The player rejected loan switches to West Brom and Stoke in August despite being told he needed to leave to re-establish his reputation, and in the intervening period the club's stance has shifted to the point where they now want him off the books.

However, they will only consider a permanent deal in the region of £20million for the 26-year-old.

Southampton are looking to strengthen in central defence after captain Jose Fonte handed in a transfer request earlier this month.

Sevilla, Swansea and Crystal Palace were also believed to be looking at the player but none have followed up their initial interest.

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Puel hints at quiet January window for Southampton

Puel doesn't expect to make any signings in January. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Claude Puel has hinted that he is not planning to make any big signings during the January transfer window.

Saints have scored just 18 goals in 18 league games this term and with striker Charlie Austin still sidelined with a shoulder injury which has kept him out of the squad since the beginning of December, there were rumours that the club were going to look at strengthening their attacking options during January.

However, Puel is confident that he can improve the team at his disposal rather than adding to the squad.

He said:

It's always difficult to find a good solution in this period. I prefer to stay in a good concentration about my team, my players, to continue this work, to make progress and develop all the players.

I want to say that I want to continue with these players, to develop them, to make good progress. The market of course is open perhaps for a good solution, a good opportunity, but I say it's always a difficult period to find a good solution.

For me, if a player comes during the market it is a great player, superior to all the players in the squad. This I think is always difficult for the market window. I prefer to stay with the good concentration with my squad, to make good progress and to go up together. It's my philosophy.

The window it's perhaps important to see something for all the team but it's always I think a dangerous market because often the players available in this period stay in difficulties with their club - injuries or they didn't play.

– Southampton manager Claude Puel

Southampton decide against appealing Redmond red

Nathan Redmond was dismissed at St. Mary's. Credit: Reuters

Claude Puel has confirmed that Southampton will not be appealing Nathan Redmond's red card against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

The midfielder was sent off after Mike Dean believed that he made a deliberate foul that stopped a goalscoring opportunity when he pulled down Dele Alli.

Despite boss Puel believing it was the wrong decision, Saints will not be appealing and Redmond will now serve a one-match ban.

Puel said:

No. I think it is a decision that is finished. It was not a red card but after the game it is possible to look at the decision and realise that.

I stay with my first view - for me it was just two players trying to fight and win the ball. I think it is difficult to say it is a red card. I think it is outside the box.

It is important to think about the games against West Brom and Everton now. Tottenham has finished.

It is difficult, I think this red card prevents us to come back in the game and to play football. It is difficult to accept this.

– Southampton manager Claude Puel
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