Newcastle have opening talks with West Ham to sign Issa Diop according to a report from L’Equipe.

However, Telegraph journalist Jason Burt suggests that Newcastle are yet to submit a bid for the 25-year-old Hammers centre-back.

Diop joined West Ham from Toulouse for around £25 million in the summer of 2018 (The Express).

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The 25-year-old began his West Ham career in fine fashion. He was completely dominant in the Premier League and drew huge praise from fans and pundits alike.

Newcastle have allegedly entered talks to sign West Ham defender Issa Diop
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Manchester United manager at the time Jose Mourinho raved about Diop back in 2018, when speaking to the Evening Standard:

(He had a) fantastic match. Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop – a monster who dominated in the duels.

It seems as though Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is attracted to that Diop and not the one who has been performing so poorly for the Hammers over the past 18 months or so.

Newcastle enter talks to sign Issa Diop from West Ham

L’Equipe reckon that the Magpies have actually entered talks with the Hammers to bring the 6ft 4in centre-back to St James’ park before the January transfer window slams shut.

Telegraph journo Jason Burt reckons that a deal is not close, however, with Newcastle not even having submitted an official bid as yet:

The West Ham owners and David Moyes should be doing everything in their power to move Diop on from the London Stadium.

The 25-year-old has been in shocking form for the Hammers this season, whilst covering for the injured Angelo Ogbonna.

He regularly rushes out of defence and makes rash decisions. Considering his height, he is terrible in the air. His concentration levels leave a lot to be desired and his positional awareness has proven to be well below Premier League standard.

If Newcastle want him, they can certainly have him!

It all depends on how much the Tyneside club are willing to pay and how quickly they are able to get a deal done for the gangly centre-half.

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Talks must be at an early stage still. As Jason Burt said, no bid has been submitted by Newcastle as yet.

So if the Toon are going to sign the 25-year-old defender, they had better make an offer sooner rather than later. If West Ham are to sell the former Toulouse man, we will only do so if we can get a replacement in through the door in the January transfer window.

If Moyes sells Diop and brings in someone like Nat Phillips or Duje Caleta-Car, the Scot would have hugely upgraded his central defensive ranks.

Whether West Ham are able to get any of those deals done with just three-and-a-half days remaining before the transfer window slams shut though, remains to be seen.

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