ExWHUemployee has claimed that a number of ‘top managers’ are interested in signing West Ham centre-back Issa Diop. And Jose Mourinho is particularly keen to bring him to Tottenham, according to Ex.
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The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22.5 million (Mirror).
The towering centre-back really impressed for West Ham during his debut season at the London Stadium.
Diop has struggled in spells this term, but he has undoubtedly improved since the turn of the year.
Going forward, the Frenchman will be a vitally important player for David Moyes.
Losing Diop would be a big blow. But if West Ham are offered a significant amount of money for the 6ft 4in defender, they might just decide to move him on.
Hammers could cash in
The global pandemic has had severe financial ramifications for clubs like the Hammers.
According to French media outlet Foot Mercato, Jose Mourinho’s number one priority is to bring the West Ham star to north London this summer.
“He’s very highly rated by a couple of other clubs; Jose Mourinho loves him. I mean, he was very interested at Manchester United, [it] wouldn’t surprise me if he was still interested at Spurs. I think he’s got attention from top managers. So, there’s obviously something about him that other people see as well. So yeah, I think he’s a good player.”
Much will depend on whether or not West Ham manage to retain their Premier League status this season.
If the Hammers go down, Diop will almost certainly be sold. And losing the Frenchman to a rival like Tottenham would be a real kick in the teeth for West Ham fans.
With the east London outfit’s perilous current financial situation, however, they might not have any choice.