Fulham confirm Issa Diop signing as defender, £15m transfer from West Ham

Marco Silva was desperate to strengthen his defense after seeing many pre-season games with just two centre-backs on his books, Tosin Adarabiou and captain Tim Ream.

Brighton defender Shane Duffy was loaned out last week, while goalkeeper Bernd Leno was signed from Arsenal, but Diop’s arrival will add to the atmosphere around Craven Cottage after the impressive 2-2 draw from Saturday against Liverpool, where Andreas Pereira was signed. Both are excellent.

Diop has a proven track record in the Premier League, having made more than 90 league appearances for West Ham in four seasons after joining the Toulouse club in 2018.

The 25-year-old was a regular in his first two seasons at West Ham but only made 10 appearances last season, slipping further down the promotions rankings at the London stadium after the 28million arrival sterling from Naif Aguered of Rennes.

Following Sunday’s loss to Manchester City, David Moyes revealed Diop had declined to pick himself amid speculation over his future, despite Hammers having just one centre-back.

West Ham have managed to claw back a reasonable percentage of the £22million they paid to sign the Frenchman four seasons ago, and are now eyeing a move for Germany international Thelo Kehrer, after holding preliminary talks with the PSG.