Manchester United Join the Race For West Ham Defender Issa Diop

​Frenchman Issa Diop has been the subject of interest throughout the January transfer window so far, and now Manchester United have joined the race.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen his defensive options by bringing the 23-year-old in from West Ham.

As previously reported, Diop had attracted interested from Tottenham and now the Red Devils have joined the race according to ​The Sun, with a £40m transfer fee being discussed.


Chelsea are also said to be interested in the former Toulouse man, who has found himself on the West Ham bench as of late due to suspension and the form of Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna.

With the transfer window now wide open, Diop may be on the move as the three teams interested fight for that final spot for Champions League qualification.

Diop arrived from Toulouse in a deal worth over £22m and impressed during his debut season for the Hammers, playing 33 league games scoring one goal. Spurs boss José Mourinho even sang his praises while in charge of ​Manchester United.

Now, both Mourinho and his former club are seriously interested in the French Under-21 international. Solskjaer's team have only managed to keep three clean sheets in the ​Premier League this season even after bringing in Harry Maguire for a world record fee for a defender.

Issa Diop

The 23-year-old signed a five year deal when he joined ​West Ham and they might demand a large fee if they are to allow the Frenchman to leave the club. The Hammers will want to keep their best players at the club as they try to fight off relegation.

Following Friday's controversial loss to Sheffield United, David Moyes' side sit precariously two points and two spots clear of the bottom three. Selling a key defender in the situation they find themselves in would be almost nonsensical - but if the right money comes in then it wouldn't be a shock to see him move on. 

Source : 90min