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.


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