Issa Diop rejected the chance to join Manchester City in favour of moving to West Ham, according to reports in France.

Toulouse-based media outlet Les Violets claims that Manchester City agreed a deal to sign Diop from Toulouse.

But Diop turned down the move to the Premier League champions, instead preferring to join West Ham with first-team game time more likely.

Issa Diop at West Ham

Issa Diop has played in 23 Premier League matches this season. (photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Diop joined West Ham in summer 2018 with the club’s official website confirming it was an undisclosed club record transfer feeBBC Sport reported the fee to be £22m.

 

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a highly successful first season at The London Stadium, forming a vital part of Manuel Pellegrini’s plans.

It did not take long for the France youth international to claim his place in the Hammers’ starting line-up, replacing Angelo Ogbonna to partner Fabian Balbuena.

Diop has played 28 games in all competitions for West Ham with his only goal coming in the 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup.

The 6ft 4in centre-half has a bright future, whether that is at West Ham or elsewhere. But for now, Diop seems content with regular playing time at West Ham.

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