Report: West Ham agreed £22m fee to sign Issa Diop this afternoon

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...

West Ham United are reportedly set to sign 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 Sky Sports, West Ham have agreed a £22million deal to sign Toulouse defender Issa Diop after advanced talks this afternoon.

The Hammers are looking to back new manager Manuel Pellegrini with new signings this summer, with right back Ryan Fredericks arriving from Fulham last week.

More additions will be needed though, particularly at the back, and whilst a deal for Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is close, a defender appears to be heading for East London too.

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...

Sky Sports report that West Ham have been in talks with Toulouse this afternoon, and have now found an agreement on a £22million fee for defender Issa Diop.

A deal now appears to be imminent for Diop, who has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs as the Hammer close in on a coup.

Diop, 21, was born in Toulouse and came up through the ranks of the Ligue 1 side, with more than 80 appearances to his name having made his debut in 2015.

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...

Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Diop is a giant at the back and possesses great strength and aerial ability, as well as enough pace to cope with quick attackers.

West Ham have been desperate for an injection of youth at the back, and Diop fits the bill perfectly with huge potential, and he could become a star under Pellegrini if his expected move does go through.

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