United want Diop

Manchester United are interested in signing West Ham defender Issa Diop.

United have identified signing a top-class centre back as a priority this summer, and they have already had a bid for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, worth £75 million turned down, with indications they will have to offer closer to £100 million to secure his services. They are also interested, along with neighbours, Manchester City, in Leicester’s Harry Maguire. However, Leicester value the player at £80 million, and Diop is seen as a cheaper option to both of them, and they are willing to offer £45 million plus a player for him.

West Ham are in no mood to sell the French under-21 international, who they signed for a fee of £22 million from Toulouse last summer, and are said to want up to £60 million for Diop. The 22-year old made 38 appearances in his debut season for The Hammers, scoring twice.

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