AC Milan have been contemplating a move to sign Issa Diop from West Ham United in recent weeks according to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Salvatore Cantone.

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The 24-year-old centre-back fell out of favour under David Moyes at the London Stadium last season.

The centre-back made just 15 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.

And Diop seemed to regress badly last term.

The 24-year-old does have the basic ingredients to go on and become a truly top class centre-back. And it seems as though the former Toulouse defender is drawing attention from one of Europe’s biggest and most famous clubs.

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AC Milan chasing Diop

Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Salvatore Cantone has suggested on Twitter that the Serie A giants are keen to sign the Hammers defender even if Alessio Romagnoli ends up staying at the San Siro:

Much will depend on how much Milan are prepared to pay for Diop.

West Ham really should be keeping hold of the 24-year-old unless the Italians make a massive offer for his services.

The current centre-back options that Moyes has at his disposal are Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson, Diop and Aaron Cresswell.

All of those players, bar Diop, are over 31.

We do have some talented young central defenders coming through the ranks at the London Stadium, but it could be argued that none of them are ready for regular Premier League action.

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Moyes should try and coax the best out of Diop next season, because we may well need him. And selling him to AC Milan could be a big mistake unless it is for a truly massive fee.

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