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Chelsea linked with £40m move for West Ham defender Diop

Chelsea are being linked with a £40 million move for West Ham defender Issa Diop as Frank Lampard looks to shore up his defence.

Despite currently occupying the fourth and final Champions League spot, Chelsea have already lost seven Premier League games this season, conceding 29 goals in the process and keeping just four clean sheets.

The Blues are expected to strengthen in the current transfer window having been prevented from doing so in the summer due to their transfer ban, with Frank Lampard keen to add a centre-back to his ranks.

According to the Express, the Stamford Bridge outfit are ‘poised’ to make a bid worth £40 million for West Ham‘s Issa Diop, who has impressed for the Hammers this season despite their struggles under Manuel Pellegrini.

Spurs are also thought to be interested in signing the 23-year-old as a long-term replacement for Jan Vertonghen, with Jose Mourinho having raved about the France U21 international during his time as Manchester United boss, calling him a ‘monster’.

However, the report adds that new West Ham boss, David Moyes, is currently ‘unwilling’ to let Diop leave the club as he assesses the players he has at his disposal, while a £40m bid would apparently fall short of the Hammers £50m valuation of the Frenchman.

Chelsea have been also linked with a move for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, and could swiftly conclude a deal thanks to a buy-back clause inserted in the Dutchman’s contract when he swapped Stamford Bridge for the South Coast in 2017, though the 24-year-old is currently out-of-action with a hamstring injury.

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