Kevin Phillips admits he would be “surprised” if West Ham United decided to sell Issa Diop this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former England international believes newly appointed coach Stuart Pearce could get the best out of the 23-year-old.
The Hammers are willing to listen to offers of at least £45m for Diop as they look to raise money to fund their summer business, according to Sky Sports.
The Frenchman was valued at £75m last summer when Manchester United were linked with him but that valuation has come down.
Pearce rejoined the club this summer after holding clear the air talks with David Sullivan and Karen Brady.
The former England fullback was on the coaching staff during Moyes’ first tenure in charge but didn’t return after publicly criticising the owners.