By Darren Bent

22nd Jan, 2021 | 7:00pm

Bent Exclusive: Clubs will queue up to sign newly-available West Ham star

Top clubs will be queuing up to sign Issa Diop from West Ham before the end of the window.

That is the view of former Tottenham and England striker Darren Bent who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, paid credit to David Moyes for getting the Irons into a position where they can let the centre-back go.

As revealed by Football Insider, the 24-year-old has been given the green light to leave east London on loan this month after falling behind Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Fabian Balbuena in the pecking order.

It is understood the Irons are looking for any prospective suitors, of which there are believed to be several, to cover all of the centre-back’s wages and stump up a loan fee for his services.

Bent admitted it has been something of a fall from grace for the former France under-21 international but suggested Moyes will be delighted with how his other defenders have been performing.

Bent told Football Insider: I think it was a couple years back, maybe the start of last season, people were talking about Diop being linked with Arsenal and these teams.

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“For whatever reason it just doesn’t seem to have happened but people have come in and started to play really, really well for West Ham and I think this is a good problem that David Moyes will quite enjoy.

“For long spells, he knew who his first XI were but other than that no one was really pressing for places, but genuinely now, the way this squad is going about things, so many players are playing well, chomping at the bit, I think it’s a fantastic position for them to be in, I really do.

“David Moyes deserves a lot of credit and for Diop, there will be a lot of takers for him, he’s a very good player, he knows how to defend properly, and you have to say well played David Moyes with what they’re doing at the minute.”

Diop has played just five times across all competitions this season, with only three league starts under his belt.

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