By Gabriel Agbonlahor

20th Nov, 2020 | 5:03pm

Exclusive: Agbonlahor drops surprise claim about £18m West Ham completed transfer

Gabriel Agbonlahor has surprisingly claimed West Ham have been proven right to sell Grady Diangana to West Brom.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker hailed the Hammers’ board ability to get a “handsome fee” for the winger who was surplus to requirements.

West Ham academy graduate Diangana joined the Baggies for a fee rising to £18million, a deal that caused anger amongst his former Irons teammates as well as the club’s fanbase.

Club captain Mark Noble took to Twitter to say he was “angry and sad” that the 22-year-old had left the club.

He has featured in all of his new club’s Premier League games this term but has only scored once.

Agbonlahor backed Diangana to have a good career but insisted the deal was good business for the Hammers as it allowed them to bring in Said Benrahma.

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He told Football Insider“He scored early on and he was playing well and he’s not been as good since.

“But from what I’ve seen of him, he’s a great player and I think sometimes when you see a great player being sold in the manner he was, it’s going to upset players and the likes of Noble have spoken out.

“The money they sold Diangana for helped them bring in Benrhama, so sometimes you’ve got to wait until the window has closed before judging.

“I’m sure Diangana will go on to have a positive career but maybe the move suited both teams. West Ham have got Snodgrass, Bowen, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Fornals.

“They had a lot of players in that position so they were right to let him go for a handsome fee. 

“They’ve used that fee on other parts of the team so maybe it was the right deal for both parties.”

In other West Ham news, a top pundit has pleaded with West Ham to not let Michail Antonio leave the club after a huge reveal.