Premier League side Southampton remain in the running for the signing of Liverpool central defender Mamadou Sakho.
The Saints have initiated discussions with LFC, but are looking for a loan deal with an option to buy, whereas Liverpool would prefer to sell the player outright.
There is also a considerable issue of Sakho’s wages. However, the Frenchman desperately wants to make a change this month for the sake of the survival of his career and Claude Puel’s men are well-positioned going into the final hours of the window.
Russian side Spartak Moscow remain in regular contact, and would like to take the player, but he prefers to remain in England.