Sunday Sep 06, 2020. 11:00
West Ham United captain Mark Noble has expressed his anger at his own club after they sold DR Congo-born winger Grady Diangana to Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion.
The 22-year-old, who was born in the DRC but spent most of his childhood in London, has been on the books of West Ham since 2010.
He spent last season on loan at The Hawthorns and played a major role as the Baggies secured automatic promotion back to the top flight of English football.
West Brom were able to negotiate a permanent transfer for the player in the past few days, a move which has angered Noble.
The Hammers skipper took to Twitter to express his disappointment, and his comment was liked by teammate Declan Rice and former West Ham player Trevor Sinclair.
“As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future!,” Noble wrote [https://twitter.com/Noble16Mark].
West Ham, in a statement, claimed that the funds from Diangana’s sale will be reinvested into the playing squad available to manager David Moyes.
“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.”