Danny Mills has told West Ham fans to “get over” the club selling Grady Diangana to West Brom as they look set to sign Brentford forward Said Benrahma.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Manchester City and England full-back said the Algerian is a better player than the 22-year-old.
Diangana’s move to the Baggies sparked mass outrage from Hammers supporters including club captain and fellow academy graduate Mark Noble.
He tweeted that he “was gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future.”
Football Insider revealed in August that the east London club had made a U-turn over Diangana’s future and had decided to sell him to raise funds to bring in new signings.
Some of the potential £18million fee raised for the sale now looks set to be spent on Benrahma.
The 25-year-old underwent a medical at West Ham this week and looks set to complete a deadline-day deal that could rise to £25million.
Asked by Football Insider whether he believes the Algerian is an upgrade on Diangana, Mills said: “Yes I do.
“I think he’s proven. I think he’s a very, very good player.
“West Ham fans should have no real issues with that. You’ve got rid of one, but they’ve got a better player in.
“Deal with it. Get over it. Move on. It’s as simple as that. That’s all it comes down to.”
West Ham have only added defenders Craig Dawson and Vladimir Coufal to their squad so far this transfer window.
The loan deal for midfielder Tomas Soucek has also been made permanent.
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