West Ham have an agreement in place to sell Issa Diop to Fulham and the player himself wants to leave this summer.
That’s according to a report from L’Equipe who claim that Hammers boss David Moyes is the one holding up the deal at the moment.
This is obviously because new signing Nayef Aguerd limped off against Rangers with an ankle injury at Ibrox on Tuesday night.
At the start of the summer it was suggested that Moyes wanted to sell Diop but the Scot apparently then performed a U-turn and thought that it might be worth keeping the 25-year-old at the London Stadium.
Much will depend on how long Aguerd is ruled out for.
If the Moroccan returns to action with the next couple of weeks, Issa Diop could well be on his way out of West Ham…
Issa Diop keen to leave West Ham
L’Equipe reckon that the Hammers have a deal in place with Fulham to sell the the 25-year-old centre-back for €20 million (£17 million)
The 6ft 4in defender wants to leave the London Stadium to join the Cottagers but as things stand, David Moyes is putting a stop to it.
If Aguerd isn’t out for too long we believe that Moyes quite simply must sell Diop, especially if Fulham are prepared to pay £17 million!
Diop is now the fifth-choice West Ham centre-back, behind Nayef Aguerd, Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson in the pecking order.
fter arriving at the London Stadium in the summer of 2018 for around £25 million (The Express), 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 last season either.
The 6ft 4in defender really hasn’t been great for West Ham at all over the past two years in all fairness.
As far as we’re concerned, he clearly isn’t good enough to be playing regular Premier League football – not for the Hammers anyway.
£17 million for the 25-year-old would represent fantastic value for the East London outfit.
And we would be very surprised if Issa Diop is still a West Ham player when the transfer window closes in around six week’s time.