Liverpool have told Mamadou Sakho he must leave the club on loan this summer if he is to play regularly in 2016-17.
Sakho has dropped down the pecking order at Anfield after a troubled few months and manager Jurgen Klopp cannot guarantee him regular football in the season ahead.
Klopp is understood to be keen to keep hold of Sakho long term as he feels the Frenchman can resurrect his Anfield career but, for now at least, chances will be limited.
Liverpool agreed to loan the 26-year-old to Stoke but the player rejected the move and the latest speculation claims the club have now advised Sakho to agree to a loan exit.
If Sakho can be convinced to agree to a temporary move it is unclear as to whether the Potters will reignite their bid, or if the defender will have to find another club to join for the season.