Chelsea transfer target linking to a transfer away from West Ham

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Issa Diop has performed down reports linking him to a transfer away from West Ham.

The 22-year-old centre-back has been massively linked to Manchester United and Chelsea lately. A report from the Sun claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen on a £40 million transfer for the French centre-back who was also wanted by the Blues.

Though, Issa Diop has dismissed those links, claiming that he isn’t concerned with the clubs who are interested in signing him. As quoted by getting French Football News, the 23-year-old defender told Foot Mercato: “I am not in negotiations, I don’t care to know which clubs are interested in me. So for me, nothing really changes. Most of the time, it is friends of mine sending me screenshots to say to me: “Issa, Look.” I am not even the person who finds out first. Aside from that, that is the game of the transfer window, something things are true, some things are false.

“So honestly, I don’t pay too much attention to it. Honestly, I don’t really give a s*** about what is in the newspapers. I am not at all concentrated on that. It doesn’t enter my thinking at all. I leave people who are responsible to deal with that side. I just focus on football.”

Issa Diop has done reasonably well for West Ham this campaign so far, and it’s no surprise that other clubs are interested in signing him. Either of Chelsea or Manchester United would benefit if the 23-year-old centre-back hired for them. Though, there is a better chance of Diop finding more first-team opportunities with the latter as the Red Devils already have the likes of Maguire and Lindelof.

West Ham may not be too willing to let go of the French defender at this point of the campaign though.