Serie A giants AC Milan could move for West Ham defender Issa Diop if they lose Alessio Romagnoli, according to Italian journalist Salvatore Cantone of La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Romagnoli’s future is said to be far from certain, prompting Milan to draw up contigency plans.
Diop is a potential replacement for Stefano Pioli’s men, who finished 2nd in the league last season.
Could Diop be frustrated at West Ham?
The Frenchman was limited to 15 Premier League starts last season under David Moyes.
He averaged 1.3 successful aerial duels, 1.1 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.2 blocks and 3.2 clearances per 90 minutes (via WhoScored).
Diop has already been the subject of interest this year, with The Athletic reporting in January that Liverpool have made an enquiry about signing him on loan.
The 24-year-old has two years left on his contract at the London Stadium but West Ham have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.
He’s valued at £16.2million by Transfermarkt.
Twitter news feed West Ham Central relayed the AC Milan report, and here’s what fans made of it.
These West Ham fans fret over Issa Diop rumour
“We need more players not less”
“But we don’t have many players. We’ve got no confidence the ££ will be reinvested in the team.”
“One player we shouldn’t even think about selling”
“I get if you don’t rate him but why would we sell, we’d be left with two cbs”
“I wouldn’t, we’re going to be playing Thursdays & Sundays and our squad depth isn’t even good enough for 1 game a week”
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