But Irons are unwilling to sell one of their standout performers from last season, and could instead offer him bumper new deal to keep him at the club, despite his current contract still having four years left to run.
This would be a very smart idea from West Ham. Diop is a talent, that much is abundantly clear, and it is obvious to even the most casual of observers that United’s reported interest in him will not be the last story of it’s kind this summer, or in summers to come for that matter. The Frenchman has the potential to be a world class defender, and a key asset for the Hammers for the foreseeable future. Tying him down to a new contract now will not give the club any 100% watertight assurances over him staying put forever, ut it would certainly make it a whole lot harder for clubs to come in and snatch him away form under their noses. With some players, a bumper contract at 22 would feel like a gamble. Where Diop is concerned, it feels like a savvy insurance policy for a player who is destined for big, big things.