By Danny Mills

24th Mar, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills baffled as £37.5m West Ham player bid reportedly lined up

Danny Mills is baffled Atletico Madrid are reportedly in hot pursuit of West Ham defender Issa Diop.

The former Leeds United and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the potential of centre-half must be attracting clubs.

According to a report from Don Balon, Atletico Madrid are keen to acquire the services of the 23-year-old and are willing to lodge a £37.5million bid this summer.

Diop made 26 appearances this campaign before the Premier League, FA and, EFL were forced to suspend all fixtures due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK.

The Hammers have conceded 50 goals in the Premier League – only Aston Villa, Norwich and, Southampton have conceded more.

Mills was surprised by the apparent interest of the La Liga giants given that the French defender has not impressed him in a David Moyes’ side that sits two points off the drop.

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“Maybe he has got potential but they must be seeing something that I do not see week in week out,” Mills told Football Insider.

“Perhaps with the right level of coaching, he can be turned into something.

“It has been a difficult season for West Ham and they have conceded a lot of goals. In a struggling side I cannot say I look at him and think, ‘Yes, I definitely want that player in my team week in, week out.'” 

The former France under-21 international joined from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for what was then a club-record £22million fee.

As revealed by Football Insider in October, Arsenal are keeping tabs on the young defender so if The Irons will likely have a fight on their hands this summer.