EXCLUSIVE: West Ham winger wanted by Championship trio

Date published: Sunday 21st July 2019 3:44

West Ham United have been inundated with offers for winger Grady Diangana, after telling him he can leave on loan, TEAMtalk can reveal.

Middlesbrough, Derby and Blackburn are amongst a host of Championship clubs all keen to land the 21-year-old, who only signed a new long-term deal in January.

However, there is also interest in Germany and France – and West Ham are wondering if a spell in a foreign top-flight may serve Diangana better than the Championship.

Diangana, who has been with the Hammers since the age of 10, is highly rated by the club’s management with Manuel Pellegrini a particular admirer.

Speaking earlier this year, the Chilean said: “He has made great progress since the beginning of the season and deserves the opportunity he has been given.

“As I have said previously, I have trust in Grady because he is a clever, intelligent player who always has a good solution with the ball.

“Like Declan Rice, he is still a young player with many years of football ahead of him and still much to learn about the game.

“However, if he keeps working hard and showing the dedication and willingness to learn that I have seen this season, then he can have a very successful career.”

Pellegrini added: “I know that, for West Ham, the development of our young players through the academy is a very important part of the club’s heritage and tradition.

“Grady is one of a number of good young players we have coming through and it is a very encouraging sign for us.”

 

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