West Ham United are prepared to sell or loan out Issa Diop during the January transfer window, with The Sun on Sunday (20/12; page 65) reporting that West Bromwich Albion are interested in taking the centre-back for the rest of the season.
Diop has endured a difficult season with the Hammers. The Frenchman has made just one start in the Premier League since the end of September.
It is a remarkable situation given that Diop was once valued at £50 million after an outstanding start to life at the London Stadium (via The Sun on Sunday).
It is also easy to forget that the Irons broke their club record to sign him for £22 million back in 2018 – as reported by BBC Sport.
The Sun on Sunday (20/12; page 65) reports that the Hammers now want to move Diop on. And it is suggested that they are open to both permanent and loan offers for the 23-year-old.
The report adds that Sam Allardyce is interested in signing Diop. The new Baggies boss wants to take him on loan next month.
TBR View: West Ham should opt to loan Diop out rather than sell
Given Diop’s current form, it surely makes a lot more sense for West Ham to loan him out. Right now, it seems highly unlikely that any club is going to make a substantial bid to sign him permanently.
A loan move may give Diop – who earns £67,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – the best chance to restore his confidence. And that could be beneficial should they want to invite him back into the fold from next season, or sell him in the summer.
He has shown in the past that he can be an outstanding player. And he is still young enough to get his career back on track in a short space of time.
West Ham should perhaps not snub a big bid for Diop. But it seems too soon to write him off for good.