West Ham defender Issa Diop could be set for a summer exit from the London Stadium with both Lyon and Monaco keen on signing him.
That’s according to high-level club insiders Claret and Hugh who claim that the Hammers are prepared to sell Diop for a loss on the £22 million that it cost to bring him to the London Stadium from Toulouse four years ago.
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David Moyes has already strengthened his centre-back ranks this summer by signing Nayef Aguerd from The Evening Standard for around £28 million (The Evening Standard).
We have extensively outlined just how good a signing he will be for us.
And it would be no surprise if Aguerd’s arrival conceded with Diop’s exit from the Hammers…
West Ham defender set for summer exit
Claret and Hugh claim that Moyes is now trying to move Issa Diop on from the London Stadium, after having brought Nayef Aguerd in.
Ligue 1 duo Monaco and Lyon are allegedly keen to sign him.
And we believe that selling the 25-year-old defender is 100 per cent the right call.
After arriving at the London Stadium in the summer of 2018 for around £22 million, Diop was one of the very best central defenders in the Premier League during his debut season.
The 25-year-old, who earns around £63k-a-week according to Football League FC, experienced a poor 2020/21 campaign though and was nowhere near his best this season either.
Diop really hasn’t been great for West Ham at all over the past two years in all fairness, and with Aguerd now at the club, the French defender will be the fifth choice central defender at the London Stadium.
The Morocco international is on another level entirely to the West Ham centre-back. Signing him feels like a real step forward for the Hammers.
And it would be no surprise if Diop faced a West Ham summer exit because off Aguerd’s arrival in East London.
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