Newcastle ere allegedly eyeing up a January transfer window swoop for West Ham defender Issa Diop.
That’s according to today’s edition of L’Equipe. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe desperately needs to bolster his defensive ranks at St James’ Park.
The same can be said of Hammers manager David Moyes at the London Stadium.
We are very short in the central defensive department. Angelo Ogbonna is out for the entire season and will be 34 by the time the new campaign starts. Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma suffered a hamstring tendon injury in early December and is not expected back for at least another four weeks or so.
The thing is, Diop has been woeful over the past month or so and it is clear to see that he doesn’t have what it takes to make it as an elite centre-back in the Premier League.
Newcastle have plenty of money so will undoubtedly be big players in the January transfer window.
And it seems one of their first port of calls could be West Ham.
Newcastle eye January transfer window swoop for West Ham ace
L’Equipe reckon that the 24-year-old Hammers’ defender is firmly on the Toon’s radar this month.
In fact, Newcastle are preparing a €12 million (£10 million) bid for the former Toulouse man.
Now, there is no way that West Ham will sell Diop for that kind of money.
Moyes shouldn’t be opposed to moving him on though, if Newcastle get towards a £20-25 million offer for the central defender.
On the condition that we are able to sign a top-class centre-back this month and Kurt Zouma return from injury sooner than was first expected.
Diop’s concentration levels and decision making really do leave so much to be desired.
If Newcastle want to sign him then good for them but the thought of Diop playing under Eddie Howe shouldn’t be an inspiring one for the Magpies fans.
Whether Moyes actually wants to sell the 24-year-old remains to be seen.
Much will depend on whether he manages to bring a centre-back into the London Stadium this month.
One suspects that if he does just that, and Newcastle offer closer to £20 million for Diop, then the 6ft 4in defender could well be swapping East London for Tyneside in the January transfer window.