Phillips Exclusive: West Ham tipped to sign player 'Better than Diangana'
West Ham “must have a target in mind that they believe is better” than the recently sold Grady Diangana, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was baffled by the decision to let the 22-year-old leave but insisted he “will not moan” that the winger has joined his former club West Brom.
The Hammers confirmed on Friday that the winger had joined West Brom after Football Insider revealed that an £18million transfer package was agreed between the two clubs.
I would like to say thank you to everyone at @westham who have helped me to develop and become the player and person I am today, since the age of 10. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be able to represent such a great club!
— Grady Diang (@GradyDiang) September 4, 2020
This site revealed two weeks ago that Irons chiefs had made a U-turn on Diangana’s future and were open to his sale in order to raise much-needed funds this summer.
Diangana spent last season on loan with the Baggies where he scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 31 appearances across all competitions.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the deal, Phillips said:
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“Moyes clearly wants the money freed up so they must have a target in mind that they believe is a better player.
“Considering West Ham’s plight last year I am baffled but I will not moan because I would rather see him in a West Brom shirt!”
A statement from the club read: “The money received for Grady will be reinvested entirely in the team, in line with the manager’s targets.
“We believe that this will give us the best possible chance of ensuring we have a balanced squad to compete in the Premier League and capable of reaching our objectives and ambitions this season.”
In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie tips goal machine to join this summer after £9million deal is agreed.