Issa Diop lost prominence at West Ham United last season as David Moyes handed him 13 appearances in the league, which included 10 starts.

The defender has 12 months left on his deal, with the Premier League side having an option to further extend it by a year.

Lyon have been keeping tabs on him. Back in April, reports from France stated they took advantage of their Europa League clash against West Ham to hold talks with the 25-year-old’s representatives.

It was also stated the centre-back is among the priority defensive target for the French club this summer.

Fast forward to end of June and L’Equipe provide us with a fresh update on the possibility of Diop joining Peter Bosz’s side.

It’s claimed Lyon are ‘already trying to finalise’ the deal to bring the former Toulouse man back to France. They are of the belief Diop can be an ideal partner for Castello Lukeba, a young centre-back, in the heart of the defence.

The report adds that discussions have ‘intensified lately’, without making it clear whether it’s between the two sides or between Lyon and Diop.

Having lost Feyenoord’s Tyrell Malacia to Manchester United, Lyon are determined not to let Diop slip away from their hands. That would be possible if they can agree a deal with West Ham and the defender.