Chelsea get West Ham answer over £40m Issa Diop transfer

Issa Diop will not be swapping West Ham for Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The Hammers are determined to rebuff all offers for the centre-half this month, with their London rivals keen to strike a £40m deal.

Chelsea have identified the 23-year-old talent as a key target at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard is keen to strengthen his team in defence, and Diop has shown in 18 months at the London stadium he has what it takes to dominate Premier League strikers.

As a result, David Moyes’ side have no intention of losing the tall and speedy star, who continues to be an integral figure in the Hammers’ backline.

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Reports suggested this week that West Ham value Diop at £50m, having paid Toulouse £22m to bring him to England from France in the summer of 2018.

However, 90min.com insist West Ham consider him priceless at this stage and regard Diop as not for sale.

The east Londoners, who sit 16th in the Premier League table, will reject all approaches in January.

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Chelsea will subsequently have to continue their search for a defender elsewhere.

And the Blues’ need for a top centre-half is growing with Andreas Christensen potentially leaving this month.

AC Milan are aiming to sign the out-of-favour Dane before the end of January.

Meanwhile, West Ham ace Diop, whose 23rd birthday is today, is expected to feature in Moyes’ team tomorrow.

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The Hammers face a crunch clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Friday night (8pm).

West Ham lined up with three centre-halves in their 2-0 FA Cup third round win away to Gillingham on Sunday.

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