Crystal Palace have completed the permanent signing of Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The centre-back returns to Selhurst Park after spending a successful loan spell at the Eagles last season, which saw him feature eight times, helping Palace claiming 16 points during that period which played a huge part in their successful battle against relegation last term.
Sakho, 27, played 80 times for the Reds since signing from French giants Paris Saint-Germain back in September 2013. He had made over 200 appearances for his hometown club before making the move to the Premier League, having won the Ligue 1 title, the Coupe de la Ligue, Coupe de France and the Trophee des Champions during his time in the French capital.
He has also been capped 28 times by his country since earning his first cap against England in 2010, scoring twice for Les Bleus which both came in a crucial World Cup qualifier against Ukraine three years after his international bow.
Speaking about his return to SE25, Sakho said: “I am really happy to be here because I have some friends here. I loved the challenge last year; it was difficult but beautiful and it’s why this summer I thought that Palace was the best choice.
“I am really excited about playing for the Palace fans again, but in football the past is the past and you need to think about today and tomorrow. Last year we did a good job and we need to prove that again and have a good objective. If we put all of our power together, we will have a great season.”