By Alan Hutton

17th Mar, 2020 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Hutton claims 'Great' West Ham player may be 'Priority' signing for PL giants

Alan Hutton has claimed West Ham defender Issa Diop is likely a “priority” signing for Arsenal this summer.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 23-year-old is already a “great player” who is only going to get better.

The Mirror claim that London rivals Arsenal are in the hunt to sign the giant centre-back this summer as manager Mikel Arteta looks to fix his side’s defensive problems.

Having seen the 6ft 4in colossus thrive with the Irons, Hutton says that Diop could hit new heights if he were to join a squad with more talented players.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s a very good player, Man United were interested in the summer, there’s been a lot of talk surrounding him.

“He’s a very good player, he’s still really young so I think as a player he’ll grow and become better, especially playing – no disrespect to anybody – in a better squad. 

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“I think he’s a guy that can go in and make a difference. He’s probably got a lot of improving left to go which is only good for the club because he’s already a great player.

“I can see Arsenal wanting to strengthen their defensive line because going forward is not a problem, it’s stopping the goals at the back. I’m sure that’s a priority.” 

Diop has a total of 64 appearances under his belt for West Ham since joining in 2018, scoring five goals.

This season has seen him feature 26 times across all competitions, the Irons settling against the threat of relegation.

In other West Ham news, a former striker has savaged one of the Hammers’ senior figures for their comments.