Chelsea are planning to make a £40 million bid for West Ham United defender Issa Diop, with the Daily Express reporting that Frank Lampard is looking to beat Tottenham Hotspur to his signature.
Diop has been impressive since moving to the London Stadium before the start of last season. He has made 48 appearances in the Premier League, and his value has already rocketed.
The Daily Express reports that the Hammers value the Frenchman at £50 million, and it appears that their resolve to keep the centre-back is going to be tested this month.
The Express suggests that the Blues plan to offer £40 million for the 22-year-old. It is suggested that he is Lampard’s top defensive target for the January window.
TBR View – West Ham cannot afford to sell, while Spurs have decision to make
The West Ham board appear to have a point to prove once again. The fans remain worried about the direction that the club is travelling in.
So the decision-makers at the London Stadium can hardly afford to consider cashing in on Diop. He looks to have the potential to be worth a lot more in the future. And it appears that Chelsea are not even planning to meet his reported asking price.
Meanwhile, reports of Chelsea’s plans may alert Tottenham. The Express reports that Jose Mourinho wants Diop as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen.
It will be intriguing to see whether Chelsea potentially making a bid spurs Tottenham into action. A centre-back is probably not the priority for Spurs this month. But Mourinho may be reluctant to let his former club have a clear run to Diop’s signature.