West Ham defender Issa Diop is a man in high demand this summer according to a report from Foot Mercato.
Wolves, Southampton and and Crystal Palace are all allegedly keen to sign the 24-year-old.
Diop has struggled to rediscover the form that he displayed during his debut campaign in the Premier League after joining the Hammers for around £22 million from Toulouse in 2018 (BBC).
The towering centre-back was a dominating figure for West Ham during the 2018/19 campaign.
He now seems like an absolute shadow of his former self, however.
West Ham defender Issa Diop being chased by PL trio
Wolves, Southampton and Crystal Palace all want to sign the Hammers centre-back according to Foot Mercato.
Despite Diop’s poor recent form, however, selling him this summer would be a crazy decision from David Moyes.
Aside from the former Toulouse man, the Scot only has two senior centre-backs amongst his ranks at the London Stadium – Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson. Aaron Cresswell can play there as well of course but it’s not his natural position.
Those three players are 33, 31 and 31 respectively.
Keeping Diop around this summer will be crucial, unless Moyes has a plan up his sleeve to bring in one or two young centre-backs like Duje Caleta-Car and/or Nikola Milenkovic.
Keep or sell?
It could be argued that there is a very good player inside Diop waiting to come out.
If Moyes gives up on him now there is every chance that he will go on to become a top class player somewhere else. Perhaps the best decision will be to keep him for another season and if he fails to kick on again or regresses even further still then move him on.
Whether the Hammers owners see it that way, however, remains to be seen. Their outlook on the situation will be greatly influenced by whether any of the interested clubs make a reported offer for the 24-year-old.