The talented 21-year-old winger has been a major player in West Brom’s push for promotion so far this season, and their recent drop in form has largely coincided with his place out of the team, sidelined with a back injury.
The Telegraph report that his parent club have a recall clause for the Diangana, which expires on January 27th, and West Brom are willing to pay over a million in order to convince them to let him stay.
There are clearly concerns of the situation echoing last season, in which star man Harvey Barnes was recalled by Leicester City midway through their campaign, their push for a top-two finish subsequently falling away.
“For someone so young he’s quickly become a major player in a team challenging for a massive prize,” said Baggies boss Slaven Bilic after he returned as a substitute in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Charlton.
“To feel that pressure and cope with it is something amazing – it’s great for him and it’s good for us.”
The latest report also suggests West Brom are willing to pay the Hammers an extra £3m to secure his services again for next season, whether they’re in the Premier League and Championship.
It’s evident that West Ham see a big future for their rising star, having handed him a bumper six-year contract last January, but it’s at the Hawthorns where he’s enjoying his breakthrough campaign and first taste of regular senior football.
He’s registered five goals and five assists for the Baggies this season, including a vital early equaliser in last month’s 3-2 win over local rivals Birmingham City.
He was withdrawn with an injury during that win at St. Andrew’s and they’ve since failed any of their five league games during his month-long absence, having recently won six in a row with Diangana in the side.