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West Ham: GSB had a mare on Issa Diop

West Ham United enjoyed an impressive summer of recruitment with eight major incomings having been completed, although one notable outgoing was that of Issa Diop, with the Frenchman securing a move to newly-promoted Fulham.

That £15m switch had come after a difficult few years for the centre-back under Hammers boss David Moyes, having been restricted to just ten Premier League starts during the 2021/22 campaign.

That marked something of a fall from grace for the 25-year-old with regards to his initial impact at the London Stadium, having been signed by Manuel Pellegrini on a £22m deal in the summer of 2018.

The former Toulouse made an almost immediate impression following what at the time was a club-record arrival, notably starring in a 3-1 victory against Manchester United just a matter of months into his time in England, with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho dubbing him a “monster” following that imperious display.

So impressed were those at Old Trafford by the promising defender that they were even reportedly willing to make an offer of around £45m plus a player in the summer of 2019, albeit with the Irons said to have been holding it out for closer to £60m.

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That decision not to cash on the 6 foot 4 menace at the time has seemingly come back to haunt GSB, with the east Londoners losing out on a hefty transfer profit for a player who subsequently went on to slip down the pecking order.

The £15m fee that the club did receive from the Cottagers this summer for the £67k-per-week man is three times less than they could have got three years ago, with the Hammers hierarchy likely to be ruing that decision.

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Their ability to recoup a hefty fee this summer had been limited by the fact that the former France U21 international had just a year remaining on his deal with the club at the time, with the player also having seemingly been desperate for a change of scenery.

Having not only lost money on their initial investment but also missed out on a potential mega-money sale to those at the Theatre of Dreams, GSB appear to have had a mare with regards to their handling of Diop.

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