Talk is rife that Mamadou Sakho, the French international centre-back, is in negotiations to return to France with Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonaiss -- in a move that would signal the end to what has been an inconsistent spell at Crystal Palace.
It is perhaps a sign of the club's prolonged spell in the Premier League that, with the news of Mamadou Sakho reportedly being in negotiations with Olympique Lyonnais, the response from fans has been one of positivity rather than disappointment.
Asked on Twitter how they'd feel about his departure, Palace fans have generally supported the move, albeit with some sadness at his spell not being as successful as hoped -- which proves to be a fair critique when looked at his four-year spell at the club.
Sakho arrived at Crystal Palace on loan from Liverpool, and made an immediate impact under the guidance of Sam Allardyce, providing reassurance and quality to a backline that had become nervous and disorganized under Alan Pardew. Those 8 appearances helped Palace secure safety in the Premier League, and resulted in the club spending £24m to secure him on a permanent basis.