Newcastle are reportedly poised to make a bid in the region of £8-10million for West Ham defender Issa Diop.
According to French media outlet L’Equipe, the centre-back shares a ‘complicated relationship’ with David Moyes which has led to the Toons open discussions over signing him.
It is understood that the Hammers will not sell him unless they’ve already lined up a replacement.
Had there not been so many defensive injuries at the club, it probably would have made sense to cash in.
Diop has struggled whenever he’s been given an extended period of games in the first team.
He hasn’t managed to display that sort of confidence one would expect from a centre-back.
However, given long-term injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, Diop is the only fit centre-back along with Craig Dawson.
The Hammers themselves have been linked with bringing in a replacement this window so cashing in on Diop would make little sense.
Ideally, they should wait until the summer and sign a centre-back this month without letting go of Diop.
Newcastle’s riches could see them change their course of action and possibly submit bids for other defenders.
They have been linked with Lille’s Sven Botman and it makes sense for them to go for him over Diop.
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