Everton should not let West Ham win race for £22m-rated star

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...

Everton's need for new centre-backs is clear and Marco Silva should be outbidding West Ham United for Issa Diop.

Dijon's South-Korean midfielder Chang Hoon Kwon vies with Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop  during the French L1 football match between Toulouse and Dijon April 7, 2018 at the...

West Ham United are reportedly close to signing Issa Diop from Ligue 1 club Toulouse, but Everton should not be standing by and watching this happen.

As reported by Sky Sports, the Hammers are close to agreeing a deal to sign Diop this summer to give their leaky defence a much needed boost ahead of the new campaign.

Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams of Everton after  the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

Everton were suspect at the back last season, despite eventually finishing eighth in the Premier League under Sam Allardyce, and the need for some youth and vitality at the back is clear, with Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams and Leighton Baines all ageing.

With Sky Sports reporting Diop is ready to move to the London Stadium for £22 million, the onus should be on Everton to come in and trump that offer, because that is good value in today's market. Apparently they too are interested, but the Toffees ought to be more serious about the player before it is too late.

Rennes' Tunisian midfielder Wahib Khazri (R) vies with Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop during the French L1 football match Rennes vs Toulouse on April 29, 2018 at the Roazhon Park...

Diop is the French U23 captain, and stood out last season for Toulouse after making 37 appearances in a season where they had a lot of defending to do as one of the bottom sides in the division.

The imposing star is quick across the ground for his size and plays with style, which is a desire held by many clubs about central defenders today. Jagielka and Williams really struggled against speedy forwards last term, and Everton's need for someone like Diop is clear.

The question is, have Everton left it too late with West Ham moving to get their man?

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