Diop to Liverpool?
Diop, 24, has fallen down the defensive pecking order at the London Stadium this term. The French-born centre-back has started just three league games under David Moyes in 2020/21, after all.
The likes Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Fabian Balbuena are all preferred at the back to Diop, while Winston Reid is also expected to come into the defensive picture, too.
With that said, Moyes is well-stocked defensively which indicates the Hammers could be lured into a deal for the right price.
And, according to The Athletic, West Ham are open to the prospect of a loan-to-buy deal, with a fee of £20 million currently being mooted for the former Toulouse defender.
This isn’t an extortionate fee, either, given the London-based club were holding out for £75m amid interest from Manchester United in 2019, per The Telegraph.
Paris Saint Germain, too, were previously looking at bringing Diop back to his homeland in 2018. The Ligue 1 champions were even prepared to bid £50m to secure Diop’s services, per Bleacher Report.
So, Diop certainly has the ability to become a top player, then, but whether or not he is the man Liverpool require to fix-up their defensive shortcomings remains to be seen.
He hasn’t had a sustained run of games all season, after all, and he clearly isn’t in Moyes’ long-term plans given how far he has fallen down the pecking order in East London.
Limited options and no time to be picky
Still, Liverpool’s current need for a centre-back outweighs the luxury of being picky in the current market. With just days of the window remaining, Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to get anyone through the door.
Also, given his age, experience and relatively moderate price-tag, it seems Liverpool could do a lot worse considering the club have left it so late to make a purchase.
Of all the options mentioned, Diop might just be the most suitable yet.
The reality is that Liverpool aren’t going to find someone of Van Dijk’s ilk with just two days left in the window.
Liverpool don’t require a world-beater, either. Just someone more capable than what Klopp is currently able to pick from, and with respect, that shouldn’t be too difficult to find.
Ironically, heading into the West Ham game on Sunday, Liverpool have just Jordan Henderson, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams to pick from in central defence.
With that said, Diop would certainly be an upgrade at the back on all of the aforementioned cover options currently at Klopp’s disposal.
Diop, too, would certainly relish a move to Anfield. The opportunity to go from the bench at West Ham to a starting role at the home of the Premier League champions is the stuff of dreams.
Inactivity is no longer an option for Liverpool, and in Diop, they could just uncover an ideal solution.
Let’s see what the Anfield faithful had to say on the rumours surfacing around the West Ham centre-back.