West Ham United will demand that Manchester United offer Anthony Martial as part of any deal for central defender Issa Diop, according to The Independent.
It seems likely that West Ham will want in excess of £60 million for the ex-Toulouse man, with the Londoners already rejecting an offer of £40 million plus a player.
Diop, 22 played 33 Premier League games during his maiden campaign in the top-flight.
His performances have caught the eye and United are keen to make him a part of their defensive rebuilding process this summer.
If anything, by asking for Martial they are simply implying that Diop isn’t for sale.
It is an audacious request from a Hammers point of view but shows that they are not in the market to sell their top players.
Martial would naturally be a class signing for West Ham.
Last season he netted 12 goals for the Red Devils and can play either up front or out wide.
It does seem unlikely that Martial will rock up at the London Stadium but that hasn’t stopped their fans enjoying this moment on Twitter.
Some are getting excited at the potential new signing, whilst others are just enjoying their club appearing to wind United up.
We rounded up the best Twitter reactions to news of West Ham’s cheeky request:
how the mighty have fallen, bullied by West Ham haha
— I AM CHADBACCA (@IamChadbacca) June 18, 2019
Exactly the right way to handle this.
Unless he is unhappy it would be a terrible decision to sell him.
The young lad has unlimited potential.
— Richard (@Richardod64) June 18, 2019
Should have asked for rashford
— Chris Cheeseman (@ChrisCheeseman2) June 18, 2019
The mans playing real life fifa 😂
— West Ham Stats (@TheWestHamVault) June 18, 2019
@ghi92 we want pogba
— Chris Fox (@ChrisFox26) June 18, 2019
I tell you what if they accept 60 mil plus martial that would be some business done by West ham lol
— Abu Aliyyah (@Abu_bakkr) June 18, 2019
Diop almost certain to leave the club with three big clubs after him
— COYI⚒ (@COYI_COYI_COYI) June 18, 2019
Reminds me of when Spurs wanted Koyate so we asked for Harry Kane 😂
— Fronkle (@fronkledonnelly) June 18, 2019
Love it, husillos what a man
— Daniel_whu (@LloWhu) June 18, 2019
Would just be easier to say Diop is not for sale thus showing our intent 100% in a positive way
— WESTHAM1969 (@Hammerhead2073) June 18, 2019