The Lowdown: Diop’s decision
This has seen the Frenchman being linked with a move away from the Irons, with Lyon said to be one of the clubs interested in his services, but it seems as though the centre-back has decided to remain in England rather than returning to his homeland.
The Latest: Diop close to Fulham switch
Taking to Twitter, Tanzi revealed that Diop’s move to Fulham, which is projected to cost more than €20m (£16.9m), is set to be completed imminently.
He outlined: “Issa Diop should join Fulham in the coming days. There are only a few details left for a transfer estimated at more than 20 million euros.”
The Verdict: Could be time to move on
As fantastic a servant as Diop has been to West Ham, playing 118 times for the club, now would be the right time for him to go if he wants to be playing on a more regular basis.
Last season, the 6 foot 3 giant only made 10 top-flight starts and has been out of favour under Moyes of late, with the Irons manager often choosing the likes of Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma ahead of him. Also, the summer addition of Nayef Aguerd will likely knock the Frenchman even further down the list.
Should West Ham sell Diop?
Yes, it's time
Furthermore, Diop often looked unconvincing whenever he did feature. As per WhoScored, he was West Ham’s lowest-ranked player to start 10 or more league games last term, while some of his performances came in for heavy criticism from members of the media.
The Hammers have already lost the services of the legendary Mark Noble following his retirement, and it now looks like Diop could be following him out of the club over the coming days.
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