West Ham United have received a number of offers regarding the potential transfer of centre-back Issa Diop.
That’s according to a report by French media outlet Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), who claimed that Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton are all keeping a close eye on the situation of the Hammers defender ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
The report added that some of the interested parties have already made an approach for the 24-year-old, with David Moyes thought to have rejected offers of a loan move with a view to buy, although it is believed that a more enticing offer could well temp the Scot into selling Diop this summer.
While it is true that Diop has not quite lived up to his then-club record £22m transfer fee during his time in east London thus far, the former France under-21 international has nevertheless shown that he is worthy of his place in the West Ham defence.
Indeed, while he only featured in 18 Premier League games for the Hammers last season, the £16.2m-rated man still managed to impress, helping his side to keep two clean sheets and averaging 1.2 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and 3.2 clearances and winning 3.1 duels per game.
These returns saw the man Jose Mourinho once dubbed a “monster” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as David Moyes’ seventh-best performer in the 2020/21 Premier League and the club’s highest-rated centre-back.
As such, considering his age and proven quality, selling the Frenchman would be something of a nightmare for Moyes this summer. Diop seems to have the ability to become an indispensable part of the West Ham backline for many years to come, and his sale would also bring with it the potential of infuriating much of the club’s fanbase, given how highly he has been commended for his performances.