West Ham stars Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble have reacted furiously to the club’s decision to sell rising star Grady Diangana to newly promoted West Bromwich Albion.
The talented winger played a pivotal role for Albion last season as former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic masterminded the Baggies return to the top-flight after a two-year absence.
It has been a frustrating summer for the east London club who are yet to make a significant signing and are clinging to their prize assets, including the likes of Declan Rice who is coveted by Chelsea.
In a statement, West Ham revealed they had ‘reluctantly’ sanctioned the sale of the 21-year-old who scored eight goals and provided six assists during his loan spell at the Hawthorns.
‘The decision to sell Grady has been made reluctantly but – ultimately – in the best interests of the Club and with the aim to strengthen the squad in different areas at this time,’ the statement 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.’
And those sentiments were echoed by Wilshere, who wrote on Instagram: ‘Go and do your thing in a club that respects you. Big player with a big future.’