Report: West Ham make £25m Issa Diop bid

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappé (2-R) vies with Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop (R) and Toulouse's French goalkeeper Alban Lafont (2-L) during the French L1...

West Ham United have reportedly stepped up their interest in Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop.

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...

According to a report from The Sun (12/06; page 53), West Ham have confirmed their interest in Toulouse defender Issa Diop by making a £25 million bid for the 21-year-old prospect.

Diop appears to be one of the most highly sought-after defenders in Europe right now, with the Daily Mail recently reporting that the Hammers are joined by the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Barcelona in the race to sign the youngster.

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini applauds the fans after the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in...

And it appears that the Irons have looked to steal a march on their rivals, with The Sun (12/06; page 53) reporting that Manuel Pellegrini's men have now made a £25 million bid for the France under-21 international.

While The Sun does not suggest if Toulouse have responded to the bid or not, the Daily Mail recently suggested that the Ligue 1 side were keen to receive £26 million before they sanctioned a sale, so it would appear that the Hammers may be in the ball park required to make something happen.

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappé (2-R) vies with Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop (R) and Toulouse's French goalkeeper Alban Lafont (2-L) during the French L1...

It would be a boost for Pellegrini if he managed to sign Diop this summer as he appears to have an enormous of potential in a position that West Ham certainly need to add depth to during the coming months.

The Hammers struggled to keep the goals out this past season - no team in the Premier League conceded more often than they did - so bringing Diop to the London Stadium could be a massive statement of intent when you consider the sides also reportedly interested in his signature.

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