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West Ham round-up: Mario Husillous appointed Director of Football, deal agreed for Issa Diop

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West Ham round-up: Mario Husillous appointed Director of Football, deal agreed for Issa Diop

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Director appointed

West Ham have appointed Mario Husillos as the club’s new director of football, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The Argentine, 59, has joined the Hammers on a three-year deal after fulfilling the same role at Malaga, where he previously worked with current West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini. And he will now take charge of all player recruitment at the London Stadium.

At the Spanish outfit, Husillos assisted Malaga in reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while finishing sixth in La Liga during in the 2012/13 season. But concerns were raised over his recent track record, as a host of recruitment in January wasn’t enough to save the club from relegation last term.

Defender deal

The club are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to bring in Toulouse defender in a deal worth £22 million, according to reports from Sky Sports.

The France U23 captain emerged as a serious talent last term in Ligue 1, making 37 appearances for Toulouse; as they survived relegation through the play-offs despite finishing 18th in the table.

Diop’s likely signing will follow Pellegrini’s acquisition of Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks, while the club remain keen on finalising a deal for relegated goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski in the coming days, according to Sky Sports.

Felipe Anderson alternative?

West Ham are interested in signing Nice’s £18 million rated winger Allan Saint-Maximin, according to reports from the Sun, with progress stalling on a deal for Lazio forward Felipe Anderson.

The injury to Manuel Lanzini – sustained in training with Argentina – has put added pressure on Pellegrini to secure attacking reinforcements this summer, and the U21 France international has been identified as a potential replacement for next term.

Saint-Maximin bagged five goals and nine assists  in 40 appearances for his outfit, as they secured an impressive eighth place finish in Ligue 1. The Hammers are also reportedly turning their attentions to the 21-year-old, as his asking price is around half of Anderson’s at £18 million.

Sports journalist based in London. Previously of HITC and 90min.

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