Man Utd interested in West Ham defender Issa Diop

Reuters  Peter Cziborra

Reuters Peter Cziborra

Although Leicester's Harry Maguire and Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly are targets, Old Trafford chiefs are now testing different waters.

Manchester United are "interested" in West Ham United centre back Issa Diop, but the Hammers have batted away an opening offer as the Red Devils search far and wide to fix their defensive problems.

The report suggests that United are willing to part ways with £45 Million and a player to tempt West Ham United into selling their star.

Bar Lindelof, who established himself as a first-team regular last campaign, United defenders Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo are dispensable.

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However, despite an opening offer of £45m plus an unnamed player, West Ham are determined to keep hold of the former Toulouse man, and are believed to not be considering offers south of £60m. The 22-year-old joined the Hammers last summer and has been identified by the Red Devils as a potential signing after a great debut season.

The Foxes want £80m for England global Maguire while Koulibaly has been priced at £100m by Napoli.

Though they continue to be linked with a host of names, their only completed transfer business is a £15m-deal for Daniel James, who arrived from Swansea City last week.

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