Reports in France have suggested how Jose Mourinho plans to overhaul his defence in the next transfer window with one man still his favoured option to strengthen the centre-back role.
Plenty of names have been linked with that specific move to Spurs recently but according to Foot Mercato, it is Issa Diop of West Ham United who remains Mourinho’s top target.
Mourinho is known to be a big fan of the West Ham star. In September 2018, he lavished praise on the Frenchman, as reported by The Evening Standard, after his then Manchester United side lost 3-1 to the Hammers.
“(He had a) fantastic match. Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop – a monster who dominated in the duels.”
That admiration has clearly not gone anywhere and now the Portuguese wants to bring Diop to Tottenham. The report from FM also claims that Diop wants the move, so Tottenham might have found their defensive solution.
Spurs have problems at the back, with Jan Vertonghen seemingly on his way out and the form of Davinson Sanchez a concern. Eric Dier has been used at the back on numerous occasions by Mourinho whilst Japhet Tanganga was drafted in from the reserves with Juan Foyth seemingly cast aside.
Diop would prove a stellar signing to help improve the options that Mourinho has at the back for Tottenham.
Of course, his transfer fee may prove a problem. Last July, West Ham were reportedly valuing Diop at £75 million, as reported by The Telegraph, a fee Tottenham simply cannot afford.
That asking price has undoubtedly dropped. Indeed, a report from The Express in January suggested a £50 million valuation which, among the current climate, has likely dropped even further.
Tottenham themselves are set to be on a shoestring budget once the transfer window reopens and may have to utilise swap deals in order to get any potential transfer fee for Diop down to a price they are willing to pay. Whilst Mourinho may want Diop as his main defensive reinforcement, it would seem Tottenham have a tough task on their hands getting any deal done.