L’Equipe report that Issa Diop has asked to leave West Ham following talks with manager David Moyes. There were suggestions last week that any move to Fulham was off after the Hammers suffered several defensive injuries – with Moyes resolving to hold onto the 25 year-old defender.

Tonight, the French sports paper claims that a deal to bring Diop to Craven Cottage is back on after his defensive request. The 6ft 4in centre back was nowhere to be seen in West Ham’s most recent friendly, which set the rumour mill abuzz with the Hammers currently having just a single fit senior defender.

Fulham had previously reportedly agreed a fee for the former Toulouse man before Moyes put the deal on ice but now it seems the €20m package that the London clubs have long haggled over might be put together again with Diop having apparently made it clear that would like to make the journey across London.

Diop is entering the final year of his contract at the London Stadium and hasn’t been a regular in the side for a couple of seasons now. Marco Silva has been desperate to strengthen his defence ahead of Fulham’s return to the top flight, with Tosin Adarabioyo and American veteran Tim Ream the club’s only senior centre backs available for selection after Terence Kongolo was left in London for the pre-season tour of Portugal and Alfie Mawson and Michael Hector were released earlier this summer.

With the rumoured breakthrough in negotiations with Arsenal to bring in Bernd Leno and the emergence of a possible deal for Diop, the spine of Silva’s starting line-up for the big kick off against Liverpool could suddenly look much stronger.