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Jose Mourinho makes Premier League defender his top priority

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West Ham United defender Issa Diop has reportedly emerged as one of the top priorities for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.

The news is that Mourinho hasn’t been handed a massive war chest in the January transfer window but things will change during summers when players like Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen could leave.

Diop, 22, joined the Hammers in a £22m deal from Toulouse in 2018 and he was a huge success during his debut campaign at the London Stadium.

The Portuguese boss has been a long-standing admirer of the defender and he praised Diop and the Hammers’ scouting department last season when Manchester United registered a 3-1 victory over West Ham.

He had a fantastic match,” said Mourinho.

“Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop – a monster who dominated in the duels”.

SkySports claim Mourinho remains a huge admirer of Diop and wants Spurs to sign him this summer as a long-term replacement for Alderweireld.

However, West Ham’s valuation of the defender remains around £60m, meaning Tottenham would have to make Diop their second-biggest signing of all time to take him to north London.

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