Mamadou Sakho’s wage demands could scupper his move from Crystal Palace to Nice with the Ligue 1 outfit turning to Fulham defender Maxime Le Marchand instead, according to Le10 Sport.
The Eagles aren’t exactly flying high in France.
A 3-0 home defeat to Bordeaux leaves Nice 14th in the Ligue 1 table and fearing a relegation battle, just four years after challenging for the title under Lucien Favre.
But, despite suffering problems on and off the pitch, that hasn’t stopped a 29-cap France international from planning a return to his homeland.
Le10 Sport claims Sakho is keen on a move to Nice, with talks over an initial six-month loan deal ongoing.
But the defender’s £100,000-a-week wages are proving a substantial stumbling block, even for a Nice side owned by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Nice have turned their attention to Maxime Le Marchand instead (Eurosport).
Le Marchand was part of the exciting, silverware-chasing team that finished third in Ligue 1 in 2017 but has fallen out of favour at Fulham.
The seldom-seen defender hasn’t made a Premier League appearance for Scott Parker’s side in more than three months.