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West Ham: ExWHUemployee drops Issa Diop claim

West Ham United are willing to sanction the sale of Issa Diop in the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to a claim made by ExWHUemployee, who revealed in a recent interview with The West Ham Way that, should David Moyes be able to sign a new centre-back in the off-season, the Hammers will look to offload the 25-year-old this summer.

Regarding the former France under-21 international’s future, the Irons insider said: “With regards to Issa Diop, it’s my understanding that if a decent replacement can be found then I believe the club will look to move him on.

“It is thought he would still command a decent fee and there are a number of clubs interested including some serious interest already displayed from France, including our Europa League opponents Lyon.”

Supporters will be buzzing

Considering how poor Diop has been for West Ham this season, the news that the club will finally be looking to move him on this summer – four years after his then club-record £22m signing – in favour of a more talented recruit is sure to have left the London Stadium faithful buzzing.

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Indeed, over his 13 Premier League appearances this term, the £10.8m-rated centre-back has looked extremely shaky in the heart of the West Ham backline, helping his side to keep just two clean sheets, averaging a mere 0.5 interceptions and 0.8 tackles and winning 2.4 duels per game.

These returns have seen the £67k-per-week defender, who Jack Rosser dubbed “shocking“, average a disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.69, ranking him as Moyes’ sixth-worst player in the English top flight.

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As such, with it being abundantly clear that Diop is simply not of the standard required for a team who now look as if they will be regular challengers for a top-six finish in the Premier League, the news that there are plans to offload the 25-year-old this summer must be music to the ears of a great many of the West Ham fanbase.

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