English Premiership

Mourinho could sign Diop to solve Spurs' defensive problems

2020-04-21 12:03
Issa Diop
Issa Diop (PA Images)

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly willing to spend big to bring West Ham United centre-back, Issa Diop, to the club in the off-season.

Jose Mourinho is looking to solve the defensive issues that have bugged Spurs since he took over from Mauricio Pochettino in November of last year.

The Portuguese tactician wants to revamp his squad with some fresh faces this summer and strengthening his backline is known to be Mourinho's top priority.

According to reports in France (via the Daily Star), a move for Diop is firmly on the agenda and there is a stream of 'constant contact' between Spurs and the defender's representatives.

Mourinho is a huge fan of the 23-year-old, who has been a standout performer since joining the Hammers from Toulouse in 2018 and has also previously been linked with Manchester United.

It is suggested that a £52 million swoop could be on the cards for a player who is keen to move on, with Mourinho favouring proven Premier League quality over risking a deal for a foreign import.

Diop has made 64 Premier League appearances for West Ham, scoring five goals, and was publicly praised by Mourinho when he was United boss.

Following a shock 3-1 Hammers win over United two years ago, Mourinho said: "He had a fantastic match. Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop - a monster who dominated in the duels."

- TEAMtalk media


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