Mark Noble Angrily Reacts To West Ham Selling Grady Diangana For £18 Million
The England Under 21 international spent last season on loan with the Baggies as they achieved promotion from the Championship and will be back with former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic in the upcoming Premier League campaign.
I would like to say thank you to everyone at @westham who have helped me to develop and become the player and person I am today, since the age of 10. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be able to represent such a great club!- Grady Diang (@GradyDiang) September 4, 2020
Thank you to the fans for supporting me along the way, you will always have a special place in my heart- Grady Diang (@GradyDiang) September 4, 2020
Love and peace, God bless ⚒:heart:
The decision to offload such a promising academy product did not go down well with Irons' supporters and Noble echoed their thoughts when he took to Twitter.
"As captain of this football club I'm gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future!," Noble wrote in response to West Ham confirming Diangana's permanent departure.
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Noble's midfield partner Declan Rice liked the tweet, while left-back Arthur Masuaku shared his disappointment through emojis.
Jack Wilshere also weighed in and wished Diangana well whilst also silently throwing a bit of shade at his employers. Writing on Instagram, his comment read: "Go and do your thing in a club that respects you. Big player wit [sic] a big future."
There's been such a negative reaction to owners David Gold and David Sullivan allowing the sale that West Ham have even stated in their official statement that the decision was made "reluctantly".
A statement read: "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."