West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Abdou Diallo to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by French publication L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), who claim that David Moyes has identified the Paris Saint-Germain centre-back as one of his primary targets in the winter market, as the West Ham boss looks to bring in greater depth in the heart of his defence following the injuries to both Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.
The report goes on to state that, at present, the Hammers have not yet made an offer for the versatile defender, however, with further reports suggesting that Newcastle United are set to make a bid of around £10m for West Ham’s Issa Diop, it is claimed that the 58-year-old is very much in need of a new addition in the position at the London Stadium.
While Diop is undoubtedly a decent backup option to the likes of Zouma, Ogbonna and even Aaron Cresswell in the West Ham centre-back pecking order, the 24-year-old has somewhat proven during his recent spell in the side that he is not quite up to the standards required to be a regular in Moyes’ starting XI.
Indeed, over his six Premier League appearances in the absence of the aforementioned defensive trio, the £10.8m-rated Frenchman has been in disappointing form, helping the Hammers keep just one clean sheet, as well as making an average of just 0.7 interceptions, one tackle, 2.8 clearances and winning a mere 2.3 duels per game.
Meanwhile, over Diallo’s nine Ligue 1 appearances in the current campaign, the £22.5m-rated centre-back – who is also more than comfortable operating at left-back – has helped his side keep three clean sheets, registered one assist and created one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 1.1 clearances and winning 5.1 duels per fixture.
These returns have seen the £92k-per-week defender who Rouven Schroder dubbed a “determined” player average a much more impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.96, ranking him as Mauricio Pochettino’s joint-16th best player in the French top flight.
As such, should Newcastle indeed submit a £10m offer for Diop this winter, it would appear extremely wise for Moyes to cash in on the 24-year-old, before reinvesting this money into the signing of the 6ft2 Diallo – whom PSG are reportedly demanding around €25m (£21m) to part with in January.