Report: Crystal Palace and Wolves have sent offers to £22m man with 83 Premier League apps
According to Foot Mercato, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Southampton have sent offers to West Ham for the services of Issa Diop.
What’s the story?
Well, the French news outlet is claiming that the Premier League trio are all keen on the Hammers centre-back.
Diop’s contract at the London Stadium ends in June 2023, and it seems the Eagles, Saints and Bruno Lage’s side are trying to tempt the Irons into a sale.
The Frenchman endured a mixed season in 2020/21, spending plenty of time on the bench during the first half of the campaign.
Eventually, he managed to record 15 Premier League starts.
However, he isn’t exactly the first-team star you’d have expected him to become, after West Ham spent £22m on him.
Foot Mercato say Crystal Palace, Wolves and Southampton tried to arrange a loan deal, with an option to buy – however, they were all unsuccessful.
For the right price, Issa Diop would be a great purchase
From our point of view, whoever lands Diop would be getting a fine centre-back, and also a great long-term investment.
The former Toulouse man is still just 24, which means he’s yet to reach his prime years.
Additionally, Diop wouldn’t need much time to settle at Crystal Palace, Wolves or Southampton, as he’s already racked up 83 appearances in the Premier League.
He knows the division well, and only the form of Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson kept him out of the side under David Moyes last term.
On West Ham’s behalf, however, it would be quite embarrassing to lose a £22m signing just a few years after his arrival.