West Ham join race for 13-goal Man Utd star as Ten Hag mulls over what to do with problem player

Man United loanee Amad Diallo

West Ham United have registered an interest in signing Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo, according to reports. 

The 20-year-old has just completed a successful loan spell at Sunderland, where he helped the Black Cats reach the playoffs.

Diallo’s form has caught the attention of several European clubs, with Erik ten Hag currently mulling over what to do with the attacker.

The youngster signed for Man Utd back in January of 2021. Since then he has been on two loan spells, firstly to Rangers, and then to Sunderland.

This season, Diallo made 37 Championship appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 13 goals and making three assists.

As mentioned, this has caught the attention of several teams. For instance, Dutch title winners Feyenoord are strongly considering making a move for the winger.

Although, Ten Hag could still potentially give Diallo another chance at Old Trafford next season. So, the manager has a big decision to make in the coming weeks.

But, with Premier League clubs also registering an interest in Diallo, a departure, as it stands, is looking more likely.

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Ten Hag must choose one of three options with Diallo

According to to Northern Echo, West Ham are understood to be ‘lining up’ a move to sign Diallo on loan for next season.

Man Utd still have high hopes for the winger. But, there is a concern that next season will be too soon for him to become a first-team regular.

In a recent interview, Ten Hag shared his thoughts on Diallo and what development path he has in mind for him.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the manager said: “We loan such players to let them develop and make progress, to bring them back. That is the aim of a loan,”

“We are really strong on them in the matter of the way we mentor them. We follow them and we have communication through all the season.

“Especially Darren Fletcher – he invests a lot in such processes and the aim is to bring them back as a better player and with better experience.”

Now, it remains to be seen what Ten Hag plans to do with Diallo next season. As it stands, he has three choices: sell him permanently while he is in high demand, loan him out again, or, try him out in the first team.

Ultimately, the Dutchman’s decision will most likely come down to how the youngster performs in pre-season.

Diallo generally plays on the right wing, which has been somewhat of a problem area for the Red Devils. Jadon Sancho, for instance, has struggled to make an impact this term.

So, it will be interesting to see if Ten Hag backs Diallo to fill in for the likes of Sancho and Antony next season.

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