According to RMC Sport’s Löic Tanzi West Ham United have asked to halt talks with Fulham over the transfer of French centre-back Issa Diop, as David Moyes wants to wait to asses the player – even if Diop was told he would be 5th choice in the centre of the Hammers’ defence.
Whilst the finalisation of the transfer was very close, now it seems that Fulham will have to wait for the €20m move to go forward. The Frenchman’s move to the fellow London-based side was progressing last week, which was originally valued at around €15m.
Talks were also held with Ligue 1 side Lyon, who are looking to reinforce their defensive options, with Jason Denayer leaving the club with Jérôme Boateng also potentially leaving Les Gones.
Diop has made a total of 121 appearances for the Hammers in English football, but hasn’t been able to consistently start in David Moyes’ side – his departure comes in the wake of Moroccan international Nayef Arguerd’s move from Rennes who will compete for a similar position in the side next season.