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Report: Hammers make opening bid for French defender

West Ham have made an opening bid worth between €15m (£13.2m) and €20m (£17.5m) for Toulouse central defender Issa Diop, according to French newspaper L’Équipe. The Frenchman is also attracting interest from Sevilla, Everton, Fulham and RB Leipzig, according to the publication. The report says Toulouse have yet to respond to the Hammers’ proposal.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports this afternoon claim West Ham are close to agreeing on a deal for the defender worth up to €25m (£22m).

The fresh reports come 24 hours after the Sun newspaper claimed the Hammers had made an initial £25m bid for the 21-year old which has been described by insiders as exaggerated.

Knowing the Hammers normal modus operandi the L’Équipe has the more likely chances of being more accurate for the starting bid. Toulouse head coach Pascal Dupraz has suggested last summer that Diop won’t leave the club for less than £44 million. last January that valuation reduced to £30m with more recent valuations being touted at £26m.

Diop, who captains the France U23 side, made 37 appearances for Toulouse last season.

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “Report: Hammers make opening bid for French defender

  1. We have a young fellow called Reece Oxford about the same age as this French guy but never been given a chance to show what he can do as a centre back.

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