Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been linked with a loan move to Premier League rivals Stoke.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to sanction a loan exit for Sakho in order to ensure he gets game time elsewhere and Stoke have emerged as possible suitors.
The Potters are keen to boost their defensive options before next week’s transfer deadline and could launch a move for Sakho in the coming days.
It remains to be seen as to whether or not the deal will include the option of a permanent move, either at the end of the season or after a specified number of appearances.
The France international is back in training after recovering from an Achilles injury but his long-term future at Anfield is in doubt after he failed a drugs test – which has since been overturned – towards the end of last season, while he angered Klopp on the summer tour in the US and was sent home early for reportedly being late for a flight and a team meeting.