According to The Athletic, Liverpool are looking at a loan finalizing or a complimentary transfer as supervisor Jurgen Klopp wants to reinforce his defence ahead of Monday’s transfer due date, and sources near West Ham United centre-back Issa Diop claim that they have checked the French defender.
However, the Hammers are not most likely to sanction a loan for the ₤20 million-rated protector must the Reds come calling, unless it included an obligation to purchase.
Liverpool were dealt a huge blow throughout the week following injuries to Fabinho and Joel Matip, and they are now left with Jordan Henderson, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips as their only options at centre-back.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez might both remain out of action for the rest of the campaign as they recover from their knee injuries, and Klopp is now desperate to bring in a cover at the back.
Diop is manager David Moyes’ 4th choice centre-back at West Ham, with Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Fabian Balbuena all ahead of him in the chain of command, and he has actually been reportedly informed that he can go out on loan prior to the end of the January transfer window.
The 24- year-old has actually played just 6 video games for the London Arena attire this term, and he is plainly not except suitors, with a number of teams keen on taking him on loan this month.
West Ham desire all of his incomes covered as well as a loan cost, and it will interesting to see whether Liverpool will pursue a protector Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho when dubbed a monster.
That happened back in September 2018 when the Portuguese was still the manager of Manchester United and things have actually altered since then, with Diop suffering a considerable dip in form.
That Moyes does not rate him speaks volumes, and taking a punt on him could be a huge gamble that backfires on Liverpool’s part.