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West Ham have announced the club-record signing of Toulouse defender Issa Diop on a five-year contract.

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West Ham have announced the club-record signing of Toulouse defender Issa Diop on a five-year contract.

The 21-year-old centre-back joins the Hammers for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £22million.

"I am very happy to sign for such a historic English club, and I hope to show my best here," said the France Under-21 international.

"I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we've seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy."

New boss Manuel Pellegrini has already brought in Fulham full-back Ryan Fredericks this summer as he attempts to bolster the club's defensive ranks.

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