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Official: Departure confirmed

Issa Diop has left West Ham to join Fulham, the club has confirmed.

The centre-back informed David Moyes of his desire to move to the newly-promoted club ahead of the weekend, as he refused to play against Manchester City.

The Irons lost that game 2-0, with Ben Johnson playing as a makeshift centre-back, and he has now completed his move to Fulham.

The Hammers accepted a bid worth £13m earlier this week, with there being a number of bonuses on top.

Diop joined the club from Toulouse in 2018 and played 121 times for the club in total but one wonders if his conduct in the days leading up to his exit will have soured the opinion of fans.

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He had slid down the pecking order at the London Stadium but Moyes intended to keep him around after Nayef Aguerd sustained a bitter injury blow in pre-season.

The Hammers are now likely to pursue another centre-back before the window closes.

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8 comments on “Official: Departure confirmed

  1. I despair at the attitude of Diop and quite a few like him in the Premier league. They are paid a fortune when the vast majority of the population are suffering from a living standards crisis! Frankly good riddance and a message to the lucky and wealthy players just grow up and realise you are in a very privileged position compared to the people who pay big money to attend matches!

    • Fair enough. Didn’t like the way he left, but he’s been told over and over he is a squad player at best.

      All of you moaning that he makes big money as a footballer (true), need to take into account his actual situation. The guy wants to play football, to feel important and appreciated. He’s not leaving for a double paycheck (I would understand), he’s not leaving to win trophies (I would understand). He’s leaving to play football, or to “do his job,” if you will (I understand).

      A generation or two ago, most people stayed with the same company for the most of their lives. This is no longer true, organizations compete for talent. The same applies to the world of football.

      There are certainly merceneries out there, but fans tend to use the term easily (like Lingard, just signed for Forrest, his 2nd club in career).

      We shouldn’t have allowed this to happen, the fee is too small and we obviously need a defender – but it’s not an issue of Diop and the last week

  2. I feel Issa Diop was hard done by. No player can get any rhythm when they are not in the team and play very infrequently. Yes he made some mistakes but not any more than any other player. I still think he will end up being an elite defender. He has the attributes to be, just needs to get the confidence back. Good luck to him, just no against us

  3. Bye Issa and good luck, you have been a good servant and until Moyes got hold of you, not a bad goal scorer.

  4. How many of us have been hard done by at work, but still have to get on with it by keeping our heads down, and being professional to earn a living?

    Pellegrini who brought him to the club had lost faith in him as being a solid option in defence. So to blame Moyes for not playing or trusting him as much as he would’ve liked is a little cheap.
    Defensively, I didn’t fancy him either as there were games where he was both a walking disaster and an accident waiting to happen. As a defender in the best league in the world, you have to be switched on 100% of the time. I do hope that his supporters can hold their hands up when watching what happens next…
    No tears or violins from me I’m afraid, he was being paid well by us to play football when he was selected to do so, and he threw his toys out of the pram ala Arnautovic, Payet etc

  5. Apart from Man Utd aside, surely we have got to be up there with the worst clubs in the world when it comes to transfer dealings…….
    Vlasic :- £30 mil 5 year contract – letting go for £15 mil
    Diop :- £25 mil 5 year contract – letting go for £15 mil
    Benrahma :- enough said……… biggest waste of money ever….. even worst than the Hugill deal
    And then to rub salt into the wound the Muppet that “Dithering Dave ” is will not give Soucek the deal he deserves & start playing him in his best position again & leading us forward……..

    • Bella, unacceptable losses agreed, although I think your numbers are a bit out.
      No doubt Man U have ‘spaffed’ £millions, but then so have Citeh, Chelsea, Scallipool, Spuds, Arse etc etc.
      The Premiership is an entertainment brand, sold around the world for it’s stars and top quality talents. Each Club gets £millions to create that entertainment.
      Last season West Ham received £30mil. for 7th place plus £140mil. TV money PLUS matchday/commercial income etc.
      So ‘spaffing’ a few £mil. for some headlines and entertainment is part of the job

  6. As far as I can see, the signings we are missing out on tend to be because we’re not meeting the wage demands of these players. That’s simply why Onana went to Everton and Lingard to Forest.

    We need to be realistic. We’re not top 6 and we don’t have the financial clout to become serious top 6 contenders. Building a squad to consistently finish top 10, have decent cup runs and the odd foray into Europe should be what we seriously consider. And that means stop going after players who want CL football and CL wages.

    Bring in young ambitious players from the EFL and lesser knowns in Europe.

    I think most of us who live in the real world would be happy with that.

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