West Ham ace Issa Diop spoke exclusively to French media outlet Foot Mercato regarding rumours linking him with a move away from east London, and insisted that he is only focused on playing football.

The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22 million (BBC Sport).

Diop made a fine start to life at the London Stadium, but he has been in and out of the team this season, often preferred to Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena.

And that has led to reports suggesting that he is a target for some of England’s biggest clubs.

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Sky Sports reported that Tottenham were keen on signing the £50 million-rated West Ham centre-back.

Whilst the Express claimed last week that Chelsea are lining up a £40 million bid for the Frenchman.

 

An offer that could be matched by Manchester United, according to the Sun.

Diop told Foot Mercato how he is not taking any notice of reports linking him with a move away from the Hammers, however:

“I’m not in negotiations, I don’t want to know which club is interested in me. So for me, it doesn’t really change anything. Then it’s the transfer window, there are things that are true, others that are false. So honestly, I don’t pay too much attention to it. I’m not at all focused on this. I do not calculate at all. I’ll let the people who take care of that manage this part. I only take care of football.”

West Ham will be desperate to keep hold of Diop. With the current owners seemingly more interested in financial gain than progress for the team, however, it would be no surprise to see the Frenchman leave the Hammers this month, if an offer of around £50 million is submitted for his services.

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