Issa Diop Happy at West Ham Amid Paris Saint-Germain January Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2018

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Issa Diop of West Ham United runs with the ball under pressure from Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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West Ham United centre-back Issa Diop has said he is enjoying his time at the club amid speculation linking him with Paris Saint-Germain.

According to the Mirror's Darren Lewis, Diop was asked about reported interest from PSG ahead of the January transfer window and said:

"A departure to PSG this winter? Frankly, I do not know at all, I learned the information like you, it was sent to me via social networks.

"If my agent knows? Maybe, you have to see with him [laughs!]. I’m very good at West Ham, I enjoy discovering the Premier League every weekend."

The 21-year-old arrived from Toulouse in the summer. After a difficult debut away at Arsenal in which he scored an own goal, Diop has gone from strength to strength with the Hammers and has played every minute of their campaign since.

In September, he received high praise from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after a commanding performance against the Red Devils in a 3-1 win for West Ham:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

"Congratulations to the scout that found Diop." 👀 "McTominay was our best centre-back." Jose Mourinho making his recruitment frustrations clear... https://t.co/ZMMmNzKYTV

Following that performance, Scouted Football also extolled the virtues he put on display:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

West Ham becoming a somewhat coherent team means we're now seeing the quality and potential of Diop coming to the fore. He's an intelligent central defender who can dominate space, dominate opponents, and has significant athletic advantages. He exhibited those qualities today. https://t.co/z8FTOLAjQy

Diop is not resting on his laurels and has continued to display some strong form in the weeks since, as noted by Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe:

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

Great to see Issa Diop playing so well this early for West Ham. A defensive rock these past few games, that iffy start against Arsenal firmly in the rear-view mirror. #WHUFC

The youngster's composure and decision-making in defence belies his age. In the 11 matches he has played since his debut, he has not received a single booking, despite being a physical defender who isn't afraid to put a foot in when needed.

Given his impressive start, West Ham supporters will no doubt be pleased he's not looking to move on again so soon, as he could form the basis of a strong defence at the London Stadium for years to come.

It's no surprise his form has been eye-catching, though, and his Ligue 1 experience could make him even more appealing to PSG.

If the Parisians do come in for him in January and he does find himself tempted, West Ham should do their utmost to keep him at the club.