West Ham United close to beating Everton to signing of Toulouse star Issa Diop

first_img Winston Reid has struggled for game time due to his injury record 2 The 21-year-old vies for possession with Kylian Mbappe 2 West Ham United have beaten Premier League rivals Everton to the signing of Toulouse defender Issa Diop, according to reports.The 21-year-old is expected to become Manuel Pellegrini’s first major signing at the London Stadium in a deal worth £22 million. According to French publication L’Equipe, the Hammers will sign the central defender on a five-year deal at some point next week, with Diop expected in London to seal the deal.New director of football Mario Husillos has made strengthening the backline his main priority in east London.Allowing James Collins to leave has meant there are just three recognised centre-halves at the club.Declan Rice and Angelo Ogbonna featured heavily under David Moyes towards the end of the season, while Aaron Cresswell also deputised in a back three. The Hammers conceded 68 goals in the Premier League last year and can no longer rely on Vice-captain Winston Reid due to his injury problems.Diop has represented France at every level from Under-16s to U21s and made 40 appearances in all competitions for Toulouse last season.last_img read more

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