Issa Diop is said to be on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer radar – and the defender put in an impressive pre-season display yesterday.

Foot Mercato reported earlier this month that the Frenchman was a target for Bruno Lage.

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Issa Diop (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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It seems Wolves are still looking to bring in another central defender after signing youngster Yerson Mosquera.

Lage’s other options are Conor Coady, Romain Saiss, Max Kilman and Willy Boly, who suffered a hamstring injury against Real Betis yesterday.

Diop struggled for minutes last term as West Ham enjoyed a terrific season.

Yesterday though, he was given a chance to send a message against Celtic – and he performed well.

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Issa Diop (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

He actually came on as a substitute to replace the injured Angelo Ogbonna, but hardly put a foot wrong in what was a 6-2 win for the Premier League side.

 

football.london provided player ratings for the Hammers stars, and gave Diop and 8/10. They said of the 24-year-old: “Solid showing from the centre-back. One tackle at the start of the second half was particularly impressive.”

Wolves need to watch Diop’s pre-season closely

Diop’s pre-season should be monitored closely by Wolves.

Boly getting injured yesterday really does increase the need for a new central defender.

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Issa Diop (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The 30-year-old’s record is a little concerning, and Wolves probably do need to think about a long-term replacement for the Ivorian.

Diop is someone who could potentially fit that bill.

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