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Transfer Flashback: West Ham sign Issa Diop

Transfer Flashback: West Ham sign Issa Diop - Transfer Flashbacks

On the 19th June 2018, West Ham announced the signing of French defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for a then club-record fee of £22 million.

The centre-back was one of the most highly sought after youngsters in world football, having made a name for himself as one of the most promising defenders in the game after breaking out in Ligue 1 at a young age and making 85 appearances for Toulouse.

The Hammers managed to beat out the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United for the Frenchman, who were both reportedly interested in the defender during his final season in France, but it was the east London side who were able to shell out the cash for Diop, and in doing so made him their club-record signing until Felipe Anderson signed a few weeks later.

Here’s how West Ham fans reacted to the news of Diop’s signing…

With such a transfer fee looming over his head, West Ham fans expected big things from the French youngster ahead of his arrival in east London, and thankfully for supporters, Diop has been one of the club’s outstanding players this season.

The defender has taken to Premier League football perfectly, making himself a big presence in every game he starts and always giving 100% for the Hammers alongside Fabian Balbuena in the West Ham defence.

Diop has started all but five games for the Hammers this season, missing three games in a row in the league recently due to needing rest according to manager Manuel Pellegrini, and in his comeback game against Tottenham the defender was named Man of the Match after a standout performance as Spurs fell to their first defeat at their new stadium.

Diop has more than impressed Iron fans in the Premier League this season, and at just 22-years-old there is no doubt that the French defender can go a long way with West Ham and continue to develop his game at the club as David Gold can pat himself on the back for signing a player who has been a major success in east London.

West Ham fans, can Diop become of the league’s best defenders? Let us know!


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