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Issa Diop: Inter Milan may rival Liverpool for transfer of West Ham United defender

West Ham United should seal a deal for Issa Diop to join Inter Milan on loan over Liverpool if the defender is to leave the London Stadium ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

What’s the word?

According to Foot Mercato, Inter are one of a group of Italian and Spanish sides monitoring Diop’s situation and could move to sign the out of favour centre-back.

Liverpool are claimed to be asking abut the £18m-rated titan’s availability to help solve their injury crisis following issues for Joel Matip, Fabinho, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, which have forced Jordan Henderson to play in the backline of late.

Who should WHU loan Diop to, if he's to leave?

Liverpool

Liverpool

Inter Milan

Inter Milan

West Ham are not expected to greatly oppose a deal to offload Diop in the closing stages of the winter market, having seen David Moyes often favour Angelo Ogbonna beside one of Craig Dawson or Fabian Balbuena this season.

Reports have also claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions have made official enquiries and been informed that Diop is available for a loan that carries a £20m obligation to buy.

Though The Telegraph’s Jason Burt opposed suggestions of there being any contact between the two sides as of Sunday morning, but refused to rule out a deal being agreed before the winter market slams shut on Monday night.

Should West Ham let Diop leave?

Moyes has shown that Diop is far from his first-choice centre-half anymore, with the Frenchman spending much of the season on the bench since testing positive for coronavirus back in September.

Claims emerging that the Irons would not oppose a deal for Diop to leave only hammer home his outcast status, but letting the £67,000-per-week defender join Liverpool would only serve to strengthen a side that the east London outfit find themselves competing with for European qualification.

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Moyes and the West Ham board would look senseless come the end of the season if Diop were to move to Anfield and hit the ground running, helping Klopp keep a raft of clean sheets and dominate opposing offences. All the while hindering the Irons’ hopes of Champions or Europa League football for next season.

Yet interest from Italy and Spain means the Hammers do not need to accept Liverpool’s approach, should one officially be made, as they should be able to secure the same agreements with those clubs.

Inter Milan, specifically, ought to be seen as the dream destination for Diop in the eyes of David Gold, Karren Brady and David Sullivan, as the Nerazzurri are fighting for the Serie A title and they can use that to drive individual and team performance-related clauses into the deal.

Sending the centre-half to the San Siro on loan with an obligation to buy would also ensure West Ham would not have to worry about facing Diop in the near future, should he rediscover his form, having been touted by the Irons’ former Director of Football Mario Husillos as having “fantastic potential” when signed for a then club-record £22m in 2018.

Moyes is not tapping into that potential, and West Ham would be loath to see Klopp do so. Thus must see Inter as their dream deal for the defender, should January be his final month at the London Stadium.

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