Diop eager for France chance

Weekend claims that Manchester United were ready to bid for West Ham's Issa Diop have now been backed up by reports in France.

West Ham United defender Issa Diop hopes he can force his way into France manager Didier Deschamps’ plans.

The Hammers paid a reported £22million to land Diop from Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse last summer and he has since established himself as a mainstay in the West Ham defence.

The centre-half was understood to be a target for Manchester United during the summer window but Diop has since told the Evening Standard that he doesn’t view West Ham as “a springboard to go elsewhere”.

Diop, 22, has represented France at various youth levels up to and including the Under-21s. He now hopes he can secure a debut for the senior side in the not-too-distant future.

“All very good players go into the national team. Well, if I am very good, it will come if it should come,” he said. “Obviously it’s a goal, but the proof that I deserve to reach it, it’s me who must give it.”