Free agent set for Premier League return six years after leaving Liverpool for €11m

Mohamed Sissoko

Mohammed 'Momo' Sissoko is reportedly in talks with Crystal Palace over a potential move to Selhurst Park.

Liverpool signed Mali international Mohammed Sissoko in the summer of 2005, as he followed former manager Rafa Benitez - who had snapped him up from AJ Auxerre for Valencia in 2003.

Despite not being the biggest of names the combative midfielder went on to become an integral cog in the Liverpool system during his first season at the club. In 2005-06 he featured 43 times in all competitions - helping the Anfield club to an FA Cup triumph and a third placed finish in the Premier League.

But his playing time diminished from then on. Despite remaining a popular figure it was injury trouble that did for him.

There was his nasty shoulder dislocation, and of course his horrific eye injury - where he almost went completely blind following a challenge from Benfica’s Beto.

In the end he ventured for a new start, signing for Juventus in January 2008 for a fee in the region of €11 million - but his career has unfortunately followed the same trajectory to his Anfield finish.

He suffered Achilles, thigh and calf issues whilst in Turin - before surgery to repair cartilage in his knee finally finished him off.

Paris Saint-Germain took a chance on him in 2011 - but again the Malian struggled with his fitness, and spent the end of last season on loan with Fiorentina, with the hope of staying for the new term.

However he was released in the summer and Fiorentina were not keen and he remains a free agent.

He has been training with Monaco to remain fit ahead of any potential move - while a move to Reading failed to materialise in the summer.

Now it seems he may be about to be handed a Premier League life-line by a manager who has been after him for a while.

Tony Pulis reportedly wanted the 29-year-old while he was at Stoke City and is now said to be talking to the player over a potential deal this month.

For Sissoko it would present his last chance saloon in terms of a top flight career. His injury woes have cost him the excellent career that looked to be on the horizon after his promising start at Liverpool - and Selhurst Park might be the best place for a renaissance from the player.

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