Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho

first_img Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ targets West Ham are understood to be reluctant to sell him Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has identified West Ham defender Issa Diop as a replacement for centre-back Jan Vertonghen, reports claim.The Frenchman has three-and-a-half years left on his contract at the London Stadium and it is believed the Hammers are reluctant to sell him. latest It actually came after the Hammers beat the Red Devils last season.On Diop, Mourinho said: “He had a fantastic match.“Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop – a monster who dominated in the duels.” appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Images – Getty on target Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule PEP TALK Mourinho is a huge fan of Diop rookie error LATEST 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Lilywhite chiefs will have to reach into their pockets if they want to sign the 22-year-old next month, with Sky Sports reporting that West Ham value him at over £50million.Diop joined the east London club from Ligue 1 side Toulouse 18 months ago for £22m.Mourinho has his first chance to make additions to his Tottenham side in January and he has made no secret of his admiration for the centre-back, previously labelling him a ‘monster’ while in charge of Manchester United. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship statement Getty Images – Getty stalemate However, Mourinho is still keen to tie up Vertonghen to a new deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the 32-year-old still stalls on extending his stay in north London.On Friday, Toby Alderweireld signed a new contract with Spurs that keeps him at the club until 2023 and Mourinho wants his fellow Belgium teammate to follow suit.last_img read more