It wasn’t that long ago that Issa Diop was being linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United, and now he finds himself struggling for minutes at West Ham.
So far this season, the 23-year-old has been given just 297 minutes in the Premier League, with the last of his appearances coming against Crystal Palace in mid December.
David Moyes has preferred other options, and that’s inevitably seen transfer rumours encouraged, although they’re not of the same level and glamour as previously.
Monday’s edition of L’Equipe reports the ‘solid’ West Ham man is one of a number of defensive options who have been either ‘proposed or studied’ to or by Nice. They don’t make it clear whether Diop has been offered to the French club or whether it’s Nice coming up with the idea themselves.
That said, the Hammers player isn’t first choice for Nice, who are looking at the Barcelona owned pair of Jean-Clair Todibo and Samuel Umtiti. The latter was sent on loan to Benfica this season but isn’t in the picture at the Lisbon club.
Another option is Arsenal’s William Saliba, and Diop may well have to continue at West Ham and hope his situation gets better.