Report: Everton still eyeing potential hijack after West Ham agreed Diop deal on Wednesday

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...

Everton are reportedly still keen on Toulouse defender Issa Diop.

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...

According to The Mirror, Everton are still hoping to land Toulouse defender Issa Diop despite West Ham United reaching an agreement in principle to sign him.

Diop, 21, was born in Toulouse and has come up through the ranks with his hometown club, making more than 80 first-team appearances for the French side since his 2015 debut.

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...

At 6ft 4in tall, Diop is an imposing figure at the back, possessing superb strength and aerial ability, whilst his turn of pace means he is unsurprinsgly attracting interest as a well-rounded centre back.

On Wednesday, Sky Sports reported that West Ham had been in talks with Toulouse throughout the afternoon, and had come to an agreement on a £22million fee for the Frenchman to head to East London.

That would be a major boost for new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, but The Mirror report that Everton are still keen and could yet attempt to hijack the move.

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...

Everton – now led by new director of football Marcel Brands and new manager Marco Silva – are looking for defensive reinforcements, given that Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are deteriorating at the wrong side of 30.

Diop would fit the bill for the Toffees, and whilst West Ham have a headstart on negotiations, no deal is competely finalised just yet, given Everton hope of a late transfer steal.

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