Noel Whelan has slated West Ham after they sold Grady Diangana to West Brom and supported club captain Mark Noble in his reaction to the decision.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that Diangana should have been given the opportunity to show his worth at the London Stadium.

The Hammers confirmed on Friday that the 22-year-old had been sold to West Brom in a deal worth £18million including add-ons, Football Insider understands.

A number of players at the London Stadium voiced their upset at the decision with club captain Mark Noble tweeting that he was “gutted” and “angry”.

Diangana, who is a product of the Irons academy, made just 21 first team appearances for his boyhood club with most of those coming from the bench.

When asked by Football Insider if he agreed with Noble’s decision to speak out on the transfer, Whelan said: “I like outspoken people.

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“He is the club captain. He has been there all his life – he is Mr West Ham. Why not come out and say it?

“You are supposed to be looking to progress from the terrible season that they had last year when they just stayed up. They need quality players and Diangana has not been given the chance to prove himself at West Ham.

“What are they doing? Diangana is highly thought of by other clubs, had a great season last year and there is players in David Moyes’s squad that are not doing it. Give him the opportunity at the very least.”

statement from the club read: “The money received for Grady will be reinvested entirely in the team, in line with the manager’s targets.”

Football Insider revealed one of those targets to be James Tarkowski after the Hammers launched a £28million bid including add-ons for the Burnley centre-half.

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