West Ham manager

Noel Whelan claims West Ham manager David Moyes will be “kicking himself” watching Albian Ajeti continue his rich vein of form in front of goal for Celtic.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is “surprised” the 23-year-old was not given more opportunities at the London Stadium having watched him in the Scottish Premiership.

Ajeti has scored four goals in five league appearances since he arrived at Parkhead in a near-£5million deal from the Irons.

He failed to score in his 12 appearances for the Hammers but only started on three occasions.

The Swiss striker scored the decisive goal on Sunday as Celtic cut Rangers lead to just one point with a 3-2 win over Livingston.

When asked by Football Insider if Moyes was being made to regret letting the forward leave, Whelan said: “I am a little bit surprised Ajeti did not get his chance at West Ham.

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“It is always bad when a manager lets a player go and they go and start scoring goals elsewhere. It never looks good on a manager.

“He did not get many opportunities at West Ham but let’s be honest, it is not the Premier League. You are not coming up against the calibre of defenders you do week in, week out in the Premier League but you still have to put the ball in the back of the net.

“Any manager would be biting his nails and kicking himself a little bit when a player leaves and starts scoring goals. It is no different to Diangana at the weekend. Another one to rub salt into the wounds.

“West Ham need to buy because they have let two players go that are scoring goals for their new clubs.”

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club have ended their pursuit of Burnley defender James Tarkowski.