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Report: West Ham prepared to sell Issa Diop to Newcastle in January for £15 million loss, on one condition
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Report: West Ham prepared to sell Issa Diop to Newcastle in January for £15 million loss, on one condition

West Ham are allegedly prepared to accept a £15 million loss on Issa Diop if we move him on to Newcastle in the January window.

That’s according to a report from the Daily Mail who claims that the Hammers could sell the 25-year-old centre-back to Newcastle before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline.

That would represent a £15 million loss on the £25 million that West Ham paid to sign the 6ft 4in defender from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 (The Express).

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The report from the Daily Mail does stipulate that David Moyes will only sanction Diop’s exit from the London Stadium if he manages to bring in a replacement before the January transfer window slams shut.

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Moyes has been linked with a plethora of centre-backs this month including the likes of Marseille ace Duje Caleta-Car (Tuttomercatoweb) and Liverpool star Nat Phillips (The Sun).

And if one of those end up joining the Hammers, Diop’s time at the London Stadium may well be done.

West Ham prepared to make massive loss on Issa Diop in January window

The Daily Mail claims that if Moyes gets one of his centre-back targets through the door, he will move Diop on to Newcastle.

It is suggested that the Hammers manager is prepared to let the Toon have the 25-year-old for just £10 million.

Let’s be honest here, if West Ham manage to get that fee for Diop it would be very good business, in spite of the fact that we paid more than double that amount to sign him three-and-a-half years ago.

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The former Toulouse man has been absolutely woeful since filling in for Kurt Zouma at the start of December.

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.

Either Caleta-Car or Phillips would be huge upgrades on Issa Diop. If Moyes can sign one of them for a fee in the range of £12-15 million, then it should be a no-brainer for the Scot.

And the same can be said for selling Diop for £10 million. If Newcastle want the 25-year-old, they can have him!

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