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Mourinho keen on Diop

Long-term Issa Diop admirer Jose Mourinho is weighing up a bid for out-of-favour West Ham centre-back Issa Diop.

The Spurs boss has previously heralded the Frenchman, back when he was Manchester United manager.

And a source on the Spurs end has tthis evening (Sun) told ClaretandHugh that he remains an admirer of the Irons defender, who has, of course, struggled for minutes thus far this season.

We’re told Jose remains firmly on Diop’s case, and there is the possibility of a bid being tabled this month.

He firest became aware of the young Frenchman when the Irons beat United at the London Stadium questioning how his scouring staff at Old Trafford had missed out on the central defender.

Spurs tried to sign a senior defender in the summer and ended up with Joe Rodon from Swansea, who has not exactly forced his way into the first-team. A big first-team signing could be just what Mourinho needs to boost the club’s hopes of finishing in the top four.

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There is a feeling at the  Tottenham end that it would be remarkably difficult to convince West Ham to sell the 23-year-old, given the frosty relationship between the two clubs, but Mourinho remains keen.

The Irons haven’t sold a player to Spurs since 2011/12, when Scott Parker crossed the divide.

While Diop isn’t playing all that regularly, Craig Dawson is only at the club on loan, so there may be a reluctance on David Moyes’ part to actively weaken his defence and strengthen that of a major London rival.


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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

12 comments on “Mourinho keen on Diop

  1. ‘Out of favour’ is only a temporary situation, Dave. As your last point, we don’t want to get down to the bare bones and weaken the squad. Unless Tottenham or anyone else wants to pay telephone numbers as a transfer fee, Diop is a guy we need to keep.

  2. Swap him for Harry Kane and Son. That will make Levy gag a bit!

  3. I think if Mourinho is willing to pay £65m then we should sell. Will enable us to strengthen, I like Diop but for whatever reason he is not flavour of the month with Moyes.

    • Are you really serious?? Diop is horrible and can’t even make west ham. There’s no way spurs would want him.

  4. With the strength we show im sure we will sell him to spurs ! No way should he be sold. Time for West Ham to stand up . Silly me. Of course we have no money. Funny that neither do
    i think have most other clubs. BUT they dont keep going on about it.

  5. About a season and a half ago Ogbonna was in exactly the same situation: struggling for minutes, with Diop and Balbuena doing the gig. And look how he managed to turn things around. Patience is the virtue.

  6. Definitely need to keep. Dawson is only on loan and as far as i’m aware we are not obliged to buy. Ogbonna now 32 so only a couple of decent seasons left in him. I’ve read before that there is the option of playing Diop in the holding midfield role should Rice inevitably leave. In my opinion, I would be playing Diop more anyway but understand that you can’t just drop others who are playing well. Such a nice dilemma to have finally and glad I don’t have to make the decision weekly. But if we are going to sell then definitely please not to spuds.

  7. Don’t see any upside for us , unless they throw in Ali plus 30m !

    • No way selling diop and we have donkey players like Dawson in the squad playing! Quality young and will be a top centre back when his played regularly and gets his form back to first season. Plus unless his a liar Moyes already said his not going anywhere.

  8. Moyes has stated that he thinks defenders are better when they’re older and wiser. So maybe he’s waiting for Diop to get older and wiser. In any case, I don’t think our owners would be stupid enough to sell to hated rival Tottenham would they? If he was going to be sold then sell him back to France.


    Always seems to be at fault for not tracking runners or losing his man and costs us a goal. Too lightweight for me, we need more defensive enforcers, ala a Vidic or a Staam type.

  10. Back to last ‘summer’ – we want young players who work hard, and our priority is centre back and full back cover. Today we speculate selling a young, quick centre back who’s form dropped with Covid19? That gets a ‘wow’ but sell him to Spuds is a choke on cornflakes suggestion!!

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