By Frank McAvennie

9th Sep, 2020 | 1:26pm

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Frank McAvennie has claimed that West Ham will struggle to replace Grady Diangana for the £18million they sold the winger to West Brom for.

The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the 22-year-old was sold for relatively “nothing” given what the club have spent on the likes of Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson.

Anderson, who this site revealed is the subject of interest from Arsenal, was signed for £34million in 2018, while Haller joined in a club-record £45million last July.

The Hammers confirmed on Friday that Diangana had been sold in a deal worth £18million including add-onsFootball Insider understands.

The attacker spent last season on loan at The Hawthorns and his 31 appearances in all competitions yielded an impressive eight goals and seven assists.

When asked by Football Insider if Diangana was given enough of a chance at the London Stadium, McAvennie said:

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“The boy has come through the ranks at West Ham and he was on the cusp of the first team squad before he was loaned out to West Brom. He grew up there and all of a sudden you could see the talent.

“Listening to some of the players and the staff at West Ham the boy is a definite talent.

“People say Diangana isn’t the finished article but I would rather have a boy that has come through the ranks and is hungry in the team. The fans would give him all of the time in the world because he has come through the academy. 

“The boy has obvious talent so why they would sell him for £18million. You can say it is a lot of money but in today’s game it is nothing. To replace him (will cost more). Think about how much got spent on Haller and Anderson.”

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