Grady Diangana has joined newly promoted West Bromwich Albion | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
West Ham captain Mark Noble has said he is ‘sad and angry’ following the club’s decision to sell Grady Diangana to West Brom, with Jack Wilshere also hitting out at the move.
The 22-year-old winger came through the club’s youth system and seriously impressed while on loan at the Hawthorns last season, registering eight goals and seven assists in 30 appearances. Diangana’s fine form helped the Baggies secure a second place finish in the Championship and Slaven Bilic was unsurprisingly keen to sign him permanently.
Despite this, West Ham fans wanted the England Under-21 international to stay and his sale for just £18m angered large swathes of the club’s support. Diangana’s teammates have also been left unhappy with his departure.
Diangana toasting West Brom’s promotion | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Hammers captain Noble tweeted on Friday night: “As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future!”
The West Ham stalwart’s comment were echoed by his midfielder partner Wilshere, who sent Diangana a message after his move was announced.
“Go and do your thing in a club that respects you ?? big player with a big future,” the former Arsenal man commented on Instagram.
Hammers forward Robert Snodgrass also chimed in, writing: “Gutted to see you go but keep smiling young man, you’re a top talent! Good luck pal.”
West Ham are understood to be eyeing up tricky Brentford winger Said Benrahma as Diangana’s replacement. The Bees are demanding £30m for one of the Championship’s standout performers last season, however the Hammers are confident that a £20m deal can be struck.
The Algerian midfielder’s 27 goal involvements helped Brentford secure a third-placed finish, only for Thomas Frank’s side to blow their chance of Premier League promotion by losing to Fulham in the playoff final.