According to a source close to West Ham United insiders Claret & Hugh, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is weighing up a bid for defender Issa Diop this month as the January transfer window officially opens – coming after Foot Mercato revealed the 23-year-old would be open to joining Spurs.
The 6 foot 4 centre-back has found game time difficult to come by under David Moyes this season, with summer signing Craig Dawson recently getting the nod over him, but Mourinho is apparently keen on the colossus in his hunt for a new defender.
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Daniel Levy’s one summer failure for Spurs was landing a world-class centre-back, with scout Steve Hitchen flying to Italy for Milan Skriniar talks to no avail.
Claret & Hugh now claim that Mourinho is keen to land Diop, a player he has branded a ‘monster‘ in the past, with one of their sources explaining that the Lilywhites boss is still a firm admirer and that a bid could be tabled this month.
Described as a ‘leader‘, Spurs fans will be familiar with his ability after an extraordinary showing from him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for their London rivals – which even prompted Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer to hail his ‘magnificent‘ outing.
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Caen boss Pascal Dupraz, who used to coach Diop, is also a big fan – waxing lyrical over the titan in an interview with French TV via footballwhispers.com and branding him an ‘incredible footballer’.
Valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman could be a bargain alternative to the likes of Skriniar, but it remains to be seen how much Irons owners GSB would demand for his services.
Sources in France have indicated he would be open to joining Spurs, but Moyes’ apparent reluctance to let him move across London could make this move a tricky deal for Levy and Mourinho to complete.
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