Ferdinand: West Ham’s best business was keeping hold of Rice and Diop

Rio Ferdinand believes keeping hold of Issa Diop and Declan Rice was West Ham United’s best business this summer.

Hammers brought in a few new faces such as Sebastien Haller for a club-record £45 million and Pablo Fornals for £24 million.

But Ex-Hammer defender reckons that keeping hold of their most talented players – something they haven’t always managed to do in the past – was the club’s highlight of the transfer window.

In June it was reported that Man Utd were willing to pay £45million for Diop, 22, after the French centre-back enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at the London Stadium.

“The fans have been up in arms over the last couple of years with the owners but they have put their money where their mouth is. And the biggest thing they have achieved this year is keeping hold of Declan Rice and Issa Diop,” Ferdinand told talkSPORT.

“Me, Frank [Lampard], Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson … once there was a little bit of form or interest players just left this club before. Hopefully, this is the sign of the strength at the club now.”

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