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CandH Exclusive: Hammers defender on thin ice

CandH Exclusive By Hughie Southon

9 am January 25, 2022

West Ham boss David Moyes will be ready to sell Issa Diop  when he brings in another central defender.

There have been hopes that he will get a new player in this window but this is now beginning to look more and more unlikely.

One highly active agent in Hammers deals explained to us last night that he’d be surprised should the club bring anyone in but there was always a last day chance.

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Moyes  meanwhile – according to another of our sources – has decided that the Frenchman can leave once he has signed the player he wants.

The 25 year old had an extended spell in the team alongside Craig Dawson in Kurt Zouma’s absence but was notably struggling at times and following the summer signing’s return looks set for another spell on the sidelines.

And our source explained that once a new signing is made the club will be ready to entertain bids for him

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

10 comments on “CandH Exclusive: Hammers defender on thin ice

  1. Good grief – yet another request for dosh for “quality of content that keeps you coming back for more” in the middle of an article dated December 25, 2022. Says it all, really. Can’t spell, can’t add up, don’t know what day it is (literally). Very difficult to be positive.

  2. I feel sorry for Diop, remember when we signed him, he looked incredible for a while but in the last couple of seasons seems to have lost his confidence am not sure whether thats down to him or the way he has been managed. Either way I wouldn’t get rid of him until the end of the season we are short enough on players as it is without losing another.

    • why get rid of Diop? he’s young & just needs an arm around him & we need him .Ogbonna is out for the season & we don’t know how he is gonna be when he’s back plus age against him he will be 34.come on Mr Moyes you have had ample time to get players through the door patience is wearing thin a CB & Striker this window then go again in the summer can defo see us finish 7th or 8th the squad is on its knees & hopefully come back from the break raring to go COYI

      • I am thinking more for the player than us Norfolk, he seems to have hit a brick wall, iwhy not set him free he can probably have a great career elsewhere, look at Haller for example, sometimes players can’t get out of a rut.

  3. I think this may happen in the summer even if we get another top class defender in.
    I hope we get a decent fee for him, even if it pays for half of the next lad brought in.

  4. Is it me or have West Ham got a short memory. We will only bring in better quality than we have. We have three ex-Championship Players, two of them are getting a bit old. We have a throw out, even Watford didn’t want. Finding better qualify cannot be hard. Diop is an International, how many caps has Dawson got ?

  5. I don’t see it as a blame game as players either progress and develop into better players or they hit a brick wall. For me, Issa has hit a brick wall and is not the dominant centre-half that a team challenging for a top-four position would want at the heart of their defence.
    I believe that there is a disconnect with many supporters because when Issa started with us, he was a young player full of potential, but he has been unable to take that potential to the next level.
    For me, even during the run of games that he has had, he has always seemed vulnerable and jittery, with his positional sense as a central defender of great concern.
    I trust Moyes’s decision making as he knows a thing or two about players and would have a keen eye and great understanding of the centre-half position.

  6. With Ogbonna out we are weaker at the back anyway, a strong back four now a hard pushed back three, even with Curt back. Issa looks tired and they are all putting in an extra shift with a lot more games close together. I can’t see us selling Issa. Johnson is not there to take any pressure off and Arthur doesn’t help either losing the ball higher up the pitch. If anything we need back up there for the back 4 ,given the games to be played. We’re becoming patchy on the field where before we were solid.imho

  7. Even going back to the 70s, west ham were buying Arsenal has beens

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