EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills says that West Ham would enter serious talks over selling defender Issa Diop if a club were to table a £40million bid for him this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international says that the 22-year-old has perhaps doubled in value since his £22million move from Toulouse and that getting that sort of figure would represent “fantastic business.”

Diop has been linked with Premier League heavyweights Manchester United this summer with a number of price tags reported, the Telegraph stating that the east Londoners want a record-equalling £75million to let him go.

Mills laughed off that sort of figure as “ridiculous”, stating that he is worth somewhere between £30million and £40million and that such an offer would result in serious negotiations.

Asked what sort of price tag West Ham could expect for the defender, Mills told Football Insider: “I don’t know, £30million, £40million? I’ve seen things that say West Ham have said £75million – that’s ridiculous.

“Signed for £22million from Toulouse last season, if you were to double that you’d have to say that’s fantastic business. He’s been good, but he’s not been mind-blowingly amazing to say we’re going to pay £75million for him.

“I reckon if the figure got anywhere near the £40million mark then the two clubs would start having serious talks.” 

Diop was a mainstay under Manuel Pellegrini in his first season in the Premier League, playing 38 times across all competitions and netting two goals.

West Ham failed to win a single game in the five matches he missed in the Premier League, four of those ending in defeat.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that a first-team talent has told the club he is ready to quit this summer.