According to a French TV channel TF1, West Ham United have rejected Manchester United’s opening offer for French centre-back Issa Diop.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have submitted a £45 million offer including a player in part exchange for the services of the Frenchman, but the Hammers intend to hold on to their star defender.
However, Issa wants to join Manchester United, but it remains to be seen if the club will return with an improved offer as it is said the Hammers will not let him go for anything below £60m.
The France youth international arrived from Ligue 1 club Toulouse for £22 million the previous summer, and he hit the ground running at the London Stadium, featuring in 38 matches in all competitions at the end of the season.
United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a centre-half this summer, but the Red Devils have been priced out of a swoop for top targets like Ajax’s Matthijs De Ligt, Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Norwegian believes Issa can be an affordable but quality variant instead, and after ex-Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho praised West Ham United for signing him after the Hammer’s 1-0 loss at the London Stadium last September, the club believe the youngster is a huge talent worth investing in.
Meantime, Crystal Palace board have reportedly maintained their stance over the valuation of their full-back and Manchester United target Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The club are known to be interested in the England Under-21 international, who is said to be rated in the region of £50 million by the Eagles.
According to the Daily Mail, the club have put together an bid of £35 million plus add-ons which could result in the overall total reaching £50 million.