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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.

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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.

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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.

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