Diop and Hegazi partnership would solve West Ham's defensive woes

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini (R) is watched by Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) as he arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match...

West Ham United reportedly want to hand Ahmed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion a Premier League lifeline after his World Cup displays.

Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion tackles Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on December 13, 2017...

No side in the Premier League conceded more goals than West Ham United last season. So it is no surprise that the Hammers are taking positive steps to solve their Achilles heel.

Out has gone James Collins, released controversially after a decade of loyal service, and in has come Issa Diop as his replacement. At 21, the French youth ace has already captained Toulouse in Ligue 1, been scouted by Barcelona and smashed West Ham’s transfer record.

Lyon's Dutch forward Memphis Depay (R) fights for the ball with Toulouse's French defender Issa Diop (L) during the French L1 football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) vs Toulouse FC (TFC) at...

The London club have paid £25 million for an elite defensive talent who will surely only get better in the years to come. But who will partner him at the back?

Winston Reid’s best years seem to be behind him with injuries taking their toll, while some would suggest that Declan Rice’s future lies at the base of the midfield. And ESPN is now reporting that West Ham want to sign Ahmed Hegazi from West Brom and could trigger his release clause, which stands at a bargain £10 million.

Egypt's defender Ahmed Hegazi (R) pressures Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (L) during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in...

Hegazi was a rare bright spark as West Brom finished bottom of the Premier League last season and he has shone at the World Cup, too, despite Egypt losing all three of their group stage games.

Excellent in the air and an underrated passer of the ball, Hegazi looks like the perfect experienced foil for Diop at the heart of Manuel Pellegrini’s defence.

If the two played together, do not be expecting West Ham to top the ‘goals against’ column next season.

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