Issa Diop: Tottenham want to sign West Ham centre-back

West Ham do not want to sell defender and value him at more than £50m

Harry Kane tussles with Issa Diop at the London Stadium
Image: West Ham signed the defender from Toulouse for £22m 18 months ago

Tottenham are interested in signing West Ham centre-back Issa Diop.

However, West Ham do not want to sell the 22-year-old and believe he is valued at more than £50m.

The Frenchman played 38 times last season but has been out of the starting XI since he was suspended for the 1-0 win at Chelsea three weeks ago.

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho singled out Diop for praise after his Manchester United side lost 3-1 at West Ham in September 2018.

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Mourinho congratulated the West Ham scouting department for finding him and said Diop "dominated the duels" during the top-flight clash last year.

Spurs see the defender as a long-term replacement for Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract yesterday.

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Vertonghen's contract runs out in the summer and Mourinho wants the 32-year-old to sign a new deal.

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