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DukeofDevo 5:29 Wed Jun 13
Issa Diop - signed
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West Ham sign sought-after French defender Issa Diop

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of French defender Issa Diop.



The 21-year-old centre-back joins the Hammers from Ligue 1 club Toulouse on a five-year contract for an undisclosed Club record fee.

The Hammers saw off competition from a host of top European clubs to land the highly-rated Toulouse skipper.

An outstanding talent, Diop has been a first-team regular since breaking into the Ligue 1 side at the age of 18 in November 2015, making 95 appearances, and is now looking to step his game up to an even higher level in the Premier League.

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here,” said the 6ft 4ins player, who has been capped by France at U21 level.

“I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”

West Ham United Director of Football Mario Husillos added: “Issa is a player with fantastic potential who has already shown great quality at such a young age.

“It is a measure of his character and maturity that he was named captain of Toulouse at just 20 years of age, having already established himself in their team as a teenager.

“He has represented France at every youth level up to Under-21 and we believe that he is now ready to make the next step in his career by moving to the Premier League with West Ham United.

“There were many other big clubs interested in signing Issa and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us. We look forward to hopefully seeing him make a big impact next season."

Born in Toulouse in January 1997, Diop joined his hometown club at the age of nine in 2006 and progressed through the ranks.

In 2014, aged 17, he made his senior debut, featuring for Toulouse’s reserve team in the French fifth tier, the Championnat de France amateur 2 (CFA2).

After totalling three appearances at that level in 2014/15, seven more followed the following season – a campaign that also saw Diop promoted to the first-team squad under manager Dominique Arribage.

A Ligue 1 debut arrived on 28 November 2015, when Diop helped his team keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Nice at the Stadium Municipal. He followed that with a goal in a 3-0 win at Troyes on his second top-flight appearance and ended the season with 23 first-team appearances to his name, all of them starts.

Diop continued his development in 2016/17, starting 30 times in Ligue 1, adding further goals against Bordeaux and Bastia and captaining the team for the first time against Monaco in April 2017.

While Toulouse struggled last season, only avoiding relegation with a 4-0 play-off win over Ajaccio in May, Diop enjoyed another fine campaign, starting a career-high 34 Ligue 1 matches and both play-off games.

At the age of 20, he was appointed Toulouse captain in October 2017, leading Les Violets to the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue.

At international level, Diop has been capped at every age-group level from U16 to U21, winning the UEFA European U19 Championship with France in 2016, when he scored his country’s fourth goal in a 4-0 victory over Italy in the final.

Diop becomes the Club’s second summer arrival after right-back Ryan Fredericks.

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Russ of the BML 5:53 Thu Jun 21
Re: Issa Diop - signed
Is Alex V still moaning this is not a good transfer? Saying that we need experienced defenders.

The same Alex V who has always said we should buy young players with potential sell on value.

Cunt.

LeroysBoots 4:19 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
What is refreshing is Pellegrini appears to be getting what he wants and we have a situation not seen at West Ham under the dildos, we are actually spending money..and quite a bit to date

Darby_ 4:14 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
What’s this bloke like on Football Manager?

Jaan Kenbrovin 3:01 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
He has been linked with a load of Europe's big clubs for years.

Looked decent at the U20 world cup.

ludo21 2:59 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
Just watched his Youtube clips and he certainly looks a decent player from that!

As important, you can tell he's a leader... geeing his teammates up, giving orders etc... and club captain at 21.... good signing I hope!

AKA ERNIE 2:48 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
jaan I asked you because you said omit was a cracking signing so I assumed you had seen him play

ironsofcanada 2:40 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
*interested

ironsofcanada 2:39 Wed Jun 20
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penners28 2:32 Wed Jun 20

If you believe the papers pretty much every big six team were interesting over the last 2 years.

penners28 2:32 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
anyone know the "other clubs" in for him?

Jaan Kenbrovin 1:31 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
AKA ERNIE 9:53 Wed Jun 20

Not seen anything other than highlights. Wasn't dodging the question, just found it odd why you were asking me?

He has been talked about as a bright prospect in France for a while, same as the Toulouse keeper.

Getting this type of player in is exactly what I think the club should be doing, and we got him ahead of some other big clubs so I'm pleased. Don't know why I have had to justify my original post but there you go.

Pagey 1:16 Wed Jun 20
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I think that it’s more than a fair fee for a player of his age and potential. Any offer less than £15m wouldn’t even start a conversation.

ironsofcanada 12:53 Wed Jun 20
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Mart O 12:43 Wed Jun 20

Yeah, its a risk, but a risk on the right things.

Mart O 12:43 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
General consensus in French media seems to be that he's a good young player, but it's silly money.

Well, that's football now. It's all silly fucking money.

Buster 12:37 Wed Jun 20
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'I don’t know anything about this geezer'

Neither does anyone else on here.

Hermit Road 12:36 Wed Jun 20
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I don’t know anything about this geezer. Hope he’s good. The money ain’t that much really. You spread that over a five year contract and it’s pcoket money in this league. Good to see us signing someone nearer 20 than 30 for this wedge though.

Swiss. 12:05 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
I don't think Ginge will be back.

This guy from what I heard and Fredericks are comfortable bringing the ball forward as is Rice. I also got a feeling this guy could be out Toure or Kompany. Can adapt to play CM as well.

Swiss. 12:00 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
Well they say every good manager starts from building the team from the back. Now with Fabianski and the new RB signing Pelle is certainly doing that.

ironsofcanada 11:10 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
We will see how he does and whether his signing indicates a corner turned in transfers strategy and procedure but right now these are positive signs, with a bit of risk taken.

Eerie Descent 11:04 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
penners28 10:52 Wed Jun 20

Who's said that?

I think the general consensus seems to be that it seems like a good signing given his profile. No one is claiming he will definitely be the next Desailly, but it's a positive signing by the club and some are happy about that.

Russ of the BML 10:59 Wed Jun 20
Re: Issa Diop - signed
If we get Mawson too then that is a massive upgrade in defensive players.

Buster 10:59 Wed Jun 20
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Some of the comments on here crack me up.

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