Don't think anyone wants to see this here but seems pretty likely now... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football...outcast-mamadou-sakho-could-be-offered-escap/ Exclusive: Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho could be offered escape route with loan move to Stoke Mark Hughes is keen to bring in Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho CREDIT: AP John Percy 24 AUGUST 2016 • 6:02PM Mark Hughes is ready to offer Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho an escape route with a loan move to Stoke City. Hughes has made an inquiry for the French centre-half and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the transfer deadline. Sakho is free to leave Liverpool on a temporary basis after falling out of favour with manager Jurgen Klopp and Stoke have asked about his availability. Klopp ordered the 26-year-old home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States for disciplinary reasons, while Sakho has missed the start of the season with a heel injury. It was the latest controversy in a difficult year for the defender, after he was initially banned for failing a drugs test before Uefa exonerated him during the summer. Liverpool have stressed they have no plans to offload Sakho permanently but want to arrange a loan move in order for him to build up his fitness. After Liverpool’s win over Burton Albion in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, Klopp appeared to suggest that Sakho was available. “I'm happy that I don't talk in situations like this. Everybody who needs to be informed about this has been informed about this,” he said. “There are no secrets with the important people, I would say.” Hughes is determined to bring in defensive cover, with Stoke conceding four goals against Manchester City on Saturday, and Sakho has emerged as a realistic target. Stoke have endured a frustrating summer, with only Joe Allen and Ramadan Sobhi arriving so far, but want to make at least two more signings before August 31. They have received no encouragement in their pursuit of Manchester United’s Phil Jones but are continuing to monitor Saido Berahino’s situation at West Bromwich Albion Hughes has admitted a new forward remains a priority. He said: "That's an area of the side we want to improve and we are still in the market to try and bring in a player of quality. "There's been times, not only here, but in seasons gone by, where we lacked the killer element to our good play. "There are a lot of good things we do up to a point, but we just haven't got that final ball."