The lowdown: Career so far
The 26-year-old has spent his entire professional career in France having moved to FC Metz from Generation Foot, the famed Senegalese academy that also helped produce Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane before he made the same switch in 2013.
Since arriving in Europe, Diallo has scored 87 times in 230 appearances across spells with Metz, Stade Brestois 29 and Strasbourg.
Now, as David Moyes looks to strengthen the attacking department at the London Stadium, the player could take another page from Mane’s book and swap France for England.
The latest: Major interest
It’s claimed that the Hammers have ‘shown a concrete interest’ in Diallo recently and have been particularly impressed with his ‘ability to keep the ball’ in the final third.
The report states that the man who was hailed for an ‘impressive’ breakthrough top-flight campaign by former Metz boss Vincent Hognon is being ‘followed’ by numerous clubs across the continent.
The verdict: Reinforcements needed
Having failed to find the net against Arsenal recently, usually talismanic goal-getter Michail Antonio has now gone seven league games without a goal, placing huge pressure on Jarrod Bowen.
However, Moyes has little choice but to persist with the 32-year-old due to a lack of recognised senior options as an understudy.
So far this season, Diallo has scored 12 times and provided two assists in 30 appearances across league and cup competitions – all whilst earning a 7.00 Sofascore rating and winning 1.9 aerial duels on average per game in Ligue 1.
Those statistics are underpinned by strong aerial, heading and finishing ability (WhoScored), all attributes that would further endear Moyes to the capture of the 6 foot 1 frontman.
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At the right price, any attempt to bring Diallo to east London would surely be a wise move from GSB, adding a similar profile to Antonio and allowing the manager to rotate more effectively next term.
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