Danny Mills has backed the West Ham board and manager David Moyes in their decision to sell Grady Diangana to West Brom on Friday.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, tipped the club to use the money raise from the 22-year-old’s to “fund a transfer that Moyes really wants”.
The Baggies confirmed the signing of the winger after Football Insider had revealed that an £18million transfer package had been agreed between the two clubs.
Diangana spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at The Hawthorns where he scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 31 appearances across all competitions.
Mills insisted that while large sections of fans have been angered by the academy product’s sale, £18million is a good price for a player unproven in the Premier League.
“West Ham will have their reasons and they will be looking to balance the books,” he told Football Insider.
“David Moyes has his targets and Diangana was clearly not a huge part of his plans. He would not have let him go if he wanted him.
“You can say it is a bad decision but that is good money for a player that is unproven in the Premier League. West Ham have seen him for some time and clearly they think that £18million is really good value.
“Diangana might have wanted to go when he heard that he would not be guaranteed first team football at West Ham. He might want to play week in, week out and the club may have said no to another loan. If so the only option was a permanent deal.
“Give credit to David Moyes, he knows what he is doing. That money will fund a transfer that he really wants.”
In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips has tipped the Irons to sign player who is “better than Diangana” this summer.