Report: 22-year-old midfielder has offer on the table to join West Ham this week

Pape Cheikh Diop Gueye of Olympique Lyon  during the French League 1  match between Olympique Lyon v Strasbourg at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on August 24, 2018 in Lyon France

West Ham United are reportedly keen on Pepe Cheikh Diop.

Saul Niguez (L) of Atletico Madrid in action against Pape Cheik Diop (R) of Celta Vigo during La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in...

According to Spanish newspaper AS, West Ham United have registered their interest in signing Lyon midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop.

It's claimed that West Ham have an offer on the table for Diop, which would involve Lyon terminating his loan spell at Celta Vigo to then send him on to West Ham.

The Hammers would have a purchase option in the loan deal, which would likely be worth a similar amount to the purchase option Celta hold; €14million (£11.8million).

 

It does seem a little complicated to get him out of Celta and then onto West Ham, but he appears to be a name on David Moyes' wish list in the final week of the transfer window.

The 22-year-old came through the Celta ranks having move to Spain from Senegal at a young age, and his potential earned him a 2017 move to Lyon.

Having failed to really feature much for Lyon, he was sent back on loan to Celta, but the story has been the same back in Galicia, making just five league starts.

Diop Pape Cheikh of Lyon, Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais (OL) at Etihad Stadium on...

That may just tempt Diop into leaving Celta for a crack at Premier League football, but what kind of player would West Ham be getting?

The former Spain under-21 international is at his best as a box-to-box midfielder, using his skill and ability on the ball to drive through midfield and past players to open up the game.

He can also win the ball back in front of his back four, and shows a decent range of passing, meaning he could provide a promising option alongside Declan Rice and Mark Noble in midfield, especially after Carlos Sanchez flopped against West Brom.

Pape Cheikh Diop Gueye of Olympique Lyon  during the French League 1  match between Olympique Lyon v Strasbourg at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on August 24, 2018 in Lyon France

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