Amid speculation claiming that Issa Diop is opening to joining Tottenham Hotspur this summer, a number of West Ham United fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts.
According to a report from French media outlet Foot Mercato, signing the Hammers centre-back remains Spurs manager Jose Mourinho’s number one priority this summer.
The report also claims that Diop himself would agree to moving across London to link up with Tottenham and Mourinho.
It was previously claimed by Foot Mercato that Jose Mourinho was preparing a £53million bid for Spurs to bring the French defender to N17.
The Express believes that the Portuguese has identified Diop as the ideal replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who is out of contract this summer and expected to leave Spurs on a free transfer.
Diop has made 23 Premier League appearances this season, scoring three times, and 64 in all competitions since joining from Toulouse in the summer of 2018.
Last July, West Ham were reportedly valuing the 23-year-old – who is contracted to the club until 2023 – at £75million, as reported by The Telegraph.
However, a report from The Express in January suggested a £50million valuation – which could potentially fall even further in wake of current events.
What have West Ham fans made of the speculation? Here is some of the social media reaction:
We don’t do business with toxic, no matter what the price.
— Cheekster (@cheekychambers) May 8, 2020
????. Gold and Sullivan will cash in
— martin tyzack (@MTyzack) May 8, 2020
£40m and deal.
— A77 ? (@77azulgrana_) May 8, 2020
Personally don’t think he’s world class and there’s no loyalty in football so doesn’t surprise me.. 45m would be sufficient and a similar replacement could be found if we had a scouting system… but we don’t
— Sam Packer (@sampacker80) May 8, 2020
— Lord Irons (COYI) (@Lord_Irons) May 9, 2020
Diop was very impressive during his first season at West Ham, however, this season he has seemed far more inconsistent and error prone despite his obvious potential – if an offer comes in above £40m then an adequate replacement can be found and profit made.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) May 9, 2020
They never deal with us, so unless it’s 80m
— TotalWHU (@TotalWestHam) May 9, 2020