Manchester United have made new swap offers to West Ham United involving Matteo Darmian or Marcos Rojo – and both have been turned down.
Just a year after landing Issa Diop from Toulouse, the Hammers are now attempting to keep the defender in East London after a superb first campaign in the Premier League.
The Frenchman is wanted by Manchester United to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back line, and West Ham declined their part-exchange offer last week, involving Phil Jones.
It seems that Manchester United have been back at the negotiating table, and after the Red Devils refused to let Anthony Martial go in a move, they offered up either Matteo Darmian or Marcos Rojo – which West Ham rejected.
Marcos Rojo would have offered the London club an immediate centre back replacement, but much like Phil Jones, he simply does not add enough to the Hammers side to justify giving up the 22-year-old.
Matteo Darmian does have the versatility to play at left back or right back, but Manuel Pellegrini has Ryan Fredericks, Pablo Zabaleta, Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku, meaning the Italian defender would not have a role at West Ham either.
Taking either player makes no sense for Manuel Pellegrini’s team, and while Issa Diop is in-demand, taking Manchester outcasts would not be wise.
West Ham are right to stand firm and not be bullied by their rivals, and supporters will be delighted to hear that they have declined two more part-exchange offers.