West Ham are in a race against time if they want to offload Issa Diop to one of the “big suitors” interested in his services.

That is according to former Premier League midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with the 24-year-old’s transfer future still up in the air.

On Thursday, this site revealed that Diop had been given the go-ahead to leave the London Stadium on loan having fallen out of favour with manager David Moyes.

Diop has been linked with moves to Spurs and Liverpool over the past month after previously being a key member of the Irons starting XI.

But Brown believes the unique challenges of this Covid-effected transfer window mean that Diop might struggle to find a new home before the 1 February deadline.

He told Football Insider: “There will be some big suitors. He’s got great experience.

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“We’ve seen him linked with your Tottenhams, Liverpools etc, so it’s strange not to see him playing regularly for them.

“But I don’t know if that deal will go ahead. It’s a difficult market. Not everyone’s making the decisions they normally would.

“And there’s only a couple of days left in the window now. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Diop joined West Ham in June 2018, completing a club-record £22million switch from Toulouse.

Since then, the Frenchman has played 78 times for the club, scoring five goals.

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