Transfer: West Ham demand Man United top striker as part of deal for Diop

West Ham have told Manchester United to make French forward Anthony Martial part of the deal to sign Issa Diop, according to The Independent.

Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side are in the market for a new central defender and Diop is on their shortlist after his outstanding debut season at West Ham.

The Hammers have earlier turn down United’s £40 million bid for Diop, while reports have claimed that the 22-year-old is keen on a move to Old Trafford.

According to The Independent, West Ham have shown no indication that they are willing to sell Diop but have told United during talks that a deal could be possible if Martial is included

United, however, are not willing to let Martial leave Old Trafford, which means they could be forced to spend at least £60m on Diop.

The French centre-back was signed by West Ham in a £22m deal from Toulouse last summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have already been frustrated in their search for a new centre-back as Leicester City are demanding £80m for Harry Maguire.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is also on United’s shortlist but the Serie A club want well in excess of £100m for the Senegal international.

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