Lyon are lining up a bid for West Ham defender Issa Diop, according to a report from L’Equipe (September 26th addition, page 12). But Les Gones boss Rudi Garcia understands that the 23-year-old Frenchman will be an ‘expensive option’.
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Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his central defensive ranks this summer. He needs to add some real quality to his back-line…not weaken it further still.
So selling Issa Diop to Lyon would be a crazy move from West Ham.
But we know our owners too well. And it would surprise nobody if the French centre-back was moved on for a mammoth fee before next month’s transfer deadline.
The 23-year-old joined West Ham from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22 million (The Mirror).
Diop has everything needed to become an elite centre-back. But he has made far too many mistakes over the past 12 months.
That isn’t to say that he won’t eventually come good, however.
Sky Sports claimed in August that David Moyes is prepared to sell the Hammers centre-back, but for nothing less than £45 million.
So if we managed to buy a centre-back, a right-back and a left-back for that money, it might actually be seen as good business.
Whether anyone would spend £45 million on Diop in the current climate is doubtful, however.
And with just six days remaining before the transfer window slams shut, this is one to keep a very close eye on.