‘As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad’: Mark Noble seething with West Ham after Grady Diangana is sold to West Brom for £20m… as midfielder insists the youngster will have a ‘great future’

West Ham captain Mark Noble has tweeted about his anger over the club’s sale of winger Grady Diangana to Premier League rivals West Brom.

Noble, who has played for the Hammers since 2004, was left ‘gutted, angry and sad’ that the club decided to let Diangana leave on a permanent deal to West Brom – the club he played for on loan the previous season.

He wrote: ‘As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future!!!!!’

Mark Noble seething with West Ham after Grady Diangana is sold to West Brom for £20m

Mark Noble has tweeted about his anger over West Ham selling Grady Diangana to West Brom

Mark Noble seething with West Ham after Grady Diangana is sold to West Brom for £20m

The winger played a huge part in Slaven Bilic’s Baggies side last season that earned automatic promotion back to the topflight.

He made 31 appearances for West Brom last season, scoring eight goals and setting up six more.

Ultimately, Diangana opted to rejoin the former Hammers boss at the Hawthorns in another disappointing transfer blow for the London club.

Other players showed their support for Noble, as Chelsea target Declan Rice liked the captain’s tweet in a show of support as the players showcase their displeasure with Diangana’s sale. 

Mark Noble seething with West Ham after Grady Diangana is sold to West Brom for £20m

Diangana has opted to go back to the Baggies after spending last season on loan with them

Mark Noble seething with West Ham after Grady Diangana is sold to West Brom for £20m

West Ham team-mate Declan Rice ‘liked’ Noble’s tweet in a show of support for his captain

The club provided a statement in which they explained their reasons for selling Diangana, who many of the fans believed to be among their most talented attackers.

The club said: ‘Having found himself in competition with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals, Robert Snodgrass and Andriy Yarmolenko for a wide attacking position, with Jarrod Bowen added to that list in January this year. 

‘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 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.’ 

The winger had five years left on his deal at the London Stadium before leaving for the Midlands. 

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