Mourinho targets £50m West Ham star to shore up leaky defence

Date published: Saturday 21st December 2019 12:22

Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing West Ham centre-back Issa Diop, as Jose Mourinho looks to shore up his leaky defence.

However, the Hammers do not want to sell the 22-year-old and believe he is valued at more than £50million, according to Sky Sports.

The Frenchman played 38 times last season but has been out of the starting XI since he was suspended for the 1-0 win at Chelsea three weeks ago.

Spurs boss Mourinho singled out Diop for special praise after his Manchester United side lost 3-1 at West Ham in September 2018, labelling the player ” a monster” and congratulated the London club’s scouting department for finding him.

Mourinho is on the hunt for a new centre-back despite Toby Alderweireld signing a new long-term contract with the club on Friday, while it’s also hoped that fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen will soon follow suit.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have reportedly opened talks to sign a new left-back in the January transfer window as Jose Mourinho looks to upgrade the position.

The inconsistent Danny Rose is seemingly being pushed out of the door, while Ben Davies is currently on the sidelines with injury but is only viewed as defensive cover by Mourinho due to his versatility to play centre-back too.

Jan Vertonghen is currently Mourinho’s first choice for the position that he occupies on international duty with Belgium, but it would appear that PSG ace Layvin Kurzawa could be on his way to north London.

 

The France star is out of contract at the end of the season and Foot Mercato claims that Spurs, Manchester United and West Ham have all ‘started talks with the player’s representatives’ about a potential free transfer, although a move in January could also be on the cards for the right price. Read more…

 

 

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