LIVERPOOL are the outright favourites to sign West Ham centre-back Issa Diop.
That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've installed the champions as 6/4 market leaders to clinch the centre-back's signature.
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Joel Matip joined long-term absentees Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines when sustaining ankle ligament damage during Thursday's win over Tottenham.
That led manager Jurgen Klopp to reveal that the club are actively looking for a central defender before Monday's deadline passes.
He said: "I don't know, but we will try.
"We always try. It would be funny if you thought Liverpool were fine with the situation, that we don't care or don't try.
"We try, but as you know, there's nothing to say until something happens. We will see.
Issa Diop next club odds – Betfair
- Liverpool – 6/4
- Inter Milan – 3/1
- Sevilla – 6/1
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"The situation yesterday didn't make it easier but still we are trying to do the right things. If it's possible then we will do it. If not, then not."
The Reds have been linked with Arsenal duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi in recent days.
But West Ham's Diop has now emerged as the most likely defensive arrival at Anfield this January.
The 24-year-old was a stalwart under David Moyes last season but now finds himself on the fringes at the London Stadium.
Diop has started just three Premier League games this season and two of those were in the first couple of weeks of the campaign.
A loan deal looks the likely option but it might not be that straightforward.
Reports in France claim there's competition for the former Toulouse defender's signature from Italian heavyweights Inter Milan and La Liga outfit Sevilla.
Betfair think Inter are Liverpool's closest challengers at 3/1 while Sevilla are available at 6/1.
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