Man United keep a close eye on €35m-rated French defender

Issa Diop insists his entire focus is on his displays for Hammers rather than speculation linking him with winter move to Man United or Chelsea. U21 France international has emerged as a key figure for the London club since signing from Toulouse in 2018, playing 33 Premier League matches in his first campaign in West Ham United.

Issa’s performances have attracted attention from Hammers Premier League rivals, with reports saying Red Devils and Blues are both keen to sign the defender this month. Man United were heavily linked with a move for Diop last summer, while Chelsea are said to be weighing up a £40m winter transfer move.

Reacting to the transfer links, the 23-year-old centre-back said: ‘I am not in negotiations, I don’t care to know which clubs are interested in me. So for me, nothing 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, some things are true, some things are false. So honestly, I don’t pay too much attention to it. ‘Honestly, I don’t 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 focus on football.’ David Moyes’ West Ham United are currently 16th in the Premier League table but could climb two places with victory over Everton tomorrow.