Crystal Palace face stiff competition from three European clubs, including Olympiakos, to sign attacker Yohann Mollo, says Nancy president Jacques Rousselot.
The general feeling was Lyon had overpaid for a player that was a non-international when he joined and has won only one France cap since. This view was reinforced when Lyon had to sell him at a €10m (£8.5m) loss to Valencia last summer. In Spain Cissokho made 25 league appearances and scored two goals, but the move didn’t entirely work out as planned. He struggled to develop into one of the team’s key players, and perhaps suffered in comparison to Jordi Alba, who had just left for Barcelona.
So Cissokho is no world-beater – and yet the move to Liverpool makes sense on several levels. The Reds have signed a player with the physical and athletic capacity to adapt to the Premier League. He will be hungry after a difficult year in Spain. He won’t have entirely given up hope of an international recall and will relish the opportunity to measure himself directly against France international left-backs Patrice Evra and Gael Clichy a year before the World Cup in Brazil. He will also offer serious competition to Jose Enrique; at 25 and as a relatively late bloomer he can still improve. And he’s cheap – he arrives on a one-year loan so can be moved on at relatively little loss at the end of the season if things don’t work out.
With only two weeks to go before the transfer window closes and Liverpool desperately needing extra manpower at left-back, signing Cissokho looks like a decent piece of business.