West Ham want Anthony Martial in exchange for Issa Diop, should the West Ham centre-back leave for Manchester United this summer.
That’s according to the Independent, who say the Hammers may be willing to discuss Diop leaving, should Martial head in the other direction.
United see the West Ham centre-back as someone who can make a big difference in the heart of their defence, with a big-money bid thought to be imminent.
Although United are believed to not want Martial to leave, he has been an inconsistent figure since joining in 2015.
There have been numerous reports in recent years suggesting he could move on, so it will be interesting to see if a swap deal with Diop appeals.
If United want to sign the 22-year-old Frenchman, they will likely to pay as much as £60million for his services.
While losing Diop would clearly be a blow – he enjoyed an excellent first season with the Hammers – Martial would be an exciting purchase, given his pedigree.
West Ham's top 5 centre-backs of all time
5. Julian Dicks
A true cult figure and also a good footballer, Dicks was a big presence at West Ham during two spells at the club.
An imposing character who also possessed a lovely left foot, he scored 50 league goals for the Hammers.
4. Alvin Martin
Martin spent two decades as a West Ham player, where he became a hugely popular figure.
He also won 17 caps for England, highlighting his pedigree.
3. Rio Ferdinand
Ferdinand’s best days were admittedly spent at Leeds United and Manchester United, but he came through the youth ranks at West Ham and shone.
His brilliance was clear from the off, appearing 158 times for the Hammers, and he went on to become one of the best defenders in the world.
2. Billy Bonds
Bonds is an undisputed West Ham legend, having made an incredible 799 appearances for the Hammers.
An international cap never came his way, but he was still an excellent defender.
1. Bobby Moore
Moore is not only West Ham’s greatest ever centre-back, but also England’s.
He famously lifted the World Cup in 1966, and was a truly world class presence at Upton Park between 1958 and 1974.