West Ham defender Issa Diop is wanted by Crystal Palace on loan on deadline day according to ExWHUemployee.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is clearly keen to bolster his defensive ranks at Selhurst Park before the transfer window closes.

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Hammers boss David Moyes brought Kurt Zouma to the London Stadium from Chelsea on Saturday for around £28 million.

And as a result, Diop has obviously fallen down the central defensive pecking order at West Ham.

The former Toulouse defender, who earns £62k-a-week according to Football League FC, made a superb start to life in East London after joining the Hammers in 2018.

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Diop seems to have regressed badly over the past 18 months or so, however.

West Ham ace Diop a loan target for Palace

Perhaps a loan move away from the London Stadium to join the Eagles would help the 24-year-old re-establish himself as a top class centre-back.

It must be said, however, sending the 6ft 4in defender out on loan would be a strange decision from Moyes.

Aside from Diop, the Scot only has Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson as centre-back options.

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Unless West Ham bring in a left-back and use Aaron Cresswell as centre-back cover, we think Diop should be kept at the London Stadium.

He certainly would be a useful addition for Palace. The centre-back has the talent and potential. It just needs to be unlocked.

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Let’s hope that Moyes keeps him at the club, however. Unless the West Ham owners have another surprise arrival lined up of course!

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