West Ham United are interested in another Diop with midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop reportedly in the club’s sights.
West Ham are desperate to sign new players before Friday’s deadline.
David Moyes faces an uphill battle to keep the Hammers in the top flight.
West Ham are only out of the relegation zone by virtue of a slightly superior goal difference.
Moyes has it all to do at West Ham
Moyes needs a new right-back, midfielders and a forward to plug glaring holes in his squad.
According to reports the club are on the verge of sealing a deal for Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek (Sky Sports).
And according to Radio Galega journalist Victor Lopez West Ham are also interested in Lyon midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, who is on loan at Celta Vigo.
Radio Galega journalist Victor Lopez made the claim on Twitter and says the central midfielder will leave Spain with England the most likely destination.
Spanish journalist makes Pape Cheikh Diop claim
“West Ham and English Championship clubs are pursuing a move,” Radio Galega journalist Victor Lopez reports.
O @RCCelta traballa na saída de @PapeCheikhJR cara un equipo da @SkyBetChamp. A posibilidade de que fose ao @WestHam é moi complicada. Agarda poder pechar esta saída nas próximas horas. Contámolo en @RgZonamixta e esta noite máis info en @aocontraataque
— Víctor López (@victorsaians) January 27, 2020
Cheikh joined Lyon from Celta in the summer of 2017 in a £7million deal – having previously been linked with Tottenham – but did not establish himself in France and returned to Spain on loan this season.
Although the Hammers are credited with an interest in Diop, namesake of West Ham’s defender Issa, a deal is reportedly ‘very complicated’.
Double Diop would likely please Noble
Should West Ham sign Diop number two there would be no issues regarding the name on the back of his shirt. The midfielder plays with the name Cheikh on his back.
The 22-year-old would be welcomed by captain Mark Noble.
The skipper hit out after Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to West Brom saying West Ham needed new recruits, particularly in midfield where he felt they should not be relying on him week in, week out (talkSPORT).