According to a report from the Mirror, Arsenal are interested in signing West Ham ace Issa Diop in the summer.

The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22.5 million (Mirror).

The Frenchman really impressed in his debut campaign in the Premier League, but he struggled for form and consistency during the first half of this season.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Issa Diop (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images )

Diop has improved dramatically over the past month or so, however. And that form has obviously caught the attention of Arsenal.

The Mirror claims that the Gunners want to sign the 6ft 4in West Ham centre-back, but could have to pay at least £45 million if they are to prise him away from the London Stadium.

 

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In 23 Premier League games this season, Diop has racked up 24 tackles, 39 interceptions and 122 clearances. He has also won 64% of his individual duals and 74% of his aerial battles (premierleague.com).

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Alexandre Lacazette with Issa Diop (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old has definitely improved upon his decision making recently, and has looked far more assured playing alongside Angelo Ogbonna at the heart of the Hammers’ backline.

If Arsenal were to offer somewhere in the region of £40 million plus for Diop, it would be very hard for West Ham to turn it down.

And considering how inconsistent he has been over the past year or so, it might just be in the east London outfit’s best interest to sell him to the Gunners in the summer.

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