Issa Diop and Declan Rice's pairing at West Ham United would be hugely exciting

VILLARREAL, Spain:  Villarreal 's Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini is seen during a training session on the eve of their Champions League match against Benfica in Villarreal, 17 October...

West Ham United are said to be interested in signing Toulouse defender Issa Diop.

Lille's Malian forward Yves Bissouma  vies with Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop during the French L1 football match Toulouse against Lille May 6, 2018 at the Municipal Stadium in...

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, West Ham United are interested in signing Issa Diop from Toulouse this summer and if he does join then Manuel Pellegrini could have one of the best, young defensive pairings in Europe.

Declan Rice has already proven that he is capable of playing regularly at centre-back for West Ham, despite only being 18.

And if Diop also arrives at the London Stadium, then the youngster would be an impressive addition to their side.

Toulouse's French defender Kelvin Amian (L) and Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop (C) vie with Angers' Cameroonian forward Karl Toko Ekambi (R) during the French L1 football match...

Diop has featured regularly in Ligue 1 over the last term, and he has never looked out of place.

Despite being only 21-years-old, Diop has been physically commanding and a robust defender throughout the season.

Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop vies Nantes' Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala during the French L1 football match  Toulouse against Nantes January 17, 2018 at the Municipal Stadium...

Diop’s form has reportedly attracted the attentions of Barcelona, which shows just how highly is regarded, and if West Ham did sign him then he would have to be considered an exciting addition.

Pellegrini would have to put his faith in youth, to feature both Diop and Rice in the same team.

But if the Chilean manager was willing to take a gamble, then West Ham could put in place their central defensive pairing for the years ahead this summer.

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