Tottenham Hotspur will surely look to add a few players to their ranks during the summer transfer window. Boss Jose Mourinho will embark on his first pre-season as the club’s manager and will surely want to put his own stamp on the squad.
Mourinho is currently battling against an injury crisis among his strikers. Both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are out injured, leaving Tottenham without a recognised centre forward.
The summer could also see him in need of central defenders. Toby Alderweireld has committed his future but Jan Vertonghen will be out of contract and could head for pastures new.
Davinson Sanchez looks like boasting enough quality to succeed the Belgian but Mourinho might look towards a former target of his from his Manchester United days.
In 2018, Mourinho congratulated West Ham’s recruitment team for scouting Issa Diop, implying that he’d be keen to sign the player who is valued at £50 million by the Hammers (The Sun).
The 23-year-old was in fine form for the Hammers on Monday night as they very nearly took points off runaway leaders Liverpool.
He scored West Ham’s first goal but more crucially he was exceptional at the back against a front three that has been rampant this season.
Even if Tottenham were to pay £5o million for Diop, he’d represent a tremendous signing for the club.
His no-nonsense style of defender would complement the ball-playing qualities of Alderweireld; whilst he would probably represent an upgrade on Sanchez at this stage of both players’ careers.
According to Who Scored, Diop averages five clearances a game and although he isn’t always easy on the eye, in a better team he would probably thrive.
Diop is paid £67,000-a-week at the Hammers and he’s the sort of exciting, young addition that Tottenham fans will want their club to make during the summer.
Tempting West Ham into a sale to a local rival might prove tricky but if Tottenham stump up the cash, the Hammers might have no choice but to cash in on their star defender.