Frank McAvennie claimed it is a “big blow” to West Ham to miss out on Shane Duffy after the Brighton defender completed a loan move to Celtic this morning.

The Irons and Hoops legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted he would have been “delighted” if the 28-year-old signed for the Hammers but admitted his preference was for the centre-half to move to Glasgow.

The Scottish giants confirmed the signing of the Republic of Ireland international 24 hours after Football Insider revealed that a deal had been agreed.

This site revealed last month that Duffy was one of the Hammers top three defensive targets in this transfer window along with Manchester City’s John Stones and Manchester United’s Phil Jones.

Duffy, who was also the interest of Newcastle United and West Brom, held talks with David Moyes but his preference was always to join the Hoops.

When asked by Football Insider how the recent transfer news would have gone down at the London Stadium, McAvennie said: “I think it is a big blow.

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“I am a big Celtic supporter and I wanted him at Celtic because it is such an important season (as the Hoops pursue an historic 10th consecutive league title). 

“I am delighted he went to Celtic but I would have been delighted if he went to West Ham because he is a very good player.”

The Hoops will pay Brighton the majority of Duffy’s wages as well as a loan fee of £2.5million, a significant amount more than the initial £1million they were willing to pay.

The centre-back is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland ahead of their Nations League matches against Bulgaria and Finland.

In other West Ham news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider that the Hammers are “playing a huge game of poker” after transfer development.