Date: 17th August 2020 at 5:00pm
Written by: Josh Green

A few West Ham United fans have been reacting on social media following reports by the Daily Mail, claiming Grady Diangana wants assurances over his first-team opportunities.

Diangana has returned to east London following a successful loan spell with West Bromwich Albion, but his future with the Hammers is shrouded in doubt as the 22-year-old is attracting strong transfer interest.

Slaven Bilic’s Baggies are keen to retain the winger on a permanent deal after Diangana’s eight goals and seven assists helped toward a second-place finish in the Championship, but could face competition from Southampton and Fulham.

The Saints and Cottagers are both said to be monitoring developments with an eye toward a potential swoop if West Ham decide to cash-in, with the Hammers understood to value Diangana at £15million.

All sides considering moves must first wait for Diangana to decide if he sees his future at the London Stadium, where he signed a long-term contract in January 2019, with the forward eager to learn what role he would have in David Moyes’ offence next term.

Diangana is craving regular first-team football in 2020/21 after starting 23 of his 30 Championship outings during West Brom’s promotion-clinching campaign, which was interrupted by two hamstring injuries side-lining the Irons product for a combined 13 matches.

A few West Ham supporters believe Diangana has proven enough during his year away from the club to warrant a place in Moyes’ starting line-up when action resumes in September, and that their side must reject any and all approaches this summer.

Some Irons fans are reluctant to guarantee Diangana any role in Moyes’ offence, despite the list of clubs monitoring developments, as it would be irresponsible to assure the 22-year-old that he will feature without first proving he deserves minutes in pre-season.

A few supporters also believe the club are bound to accept a suitable offer for Diangana this summer due to the Hammers’ desperate need to raise funds for their own dealings.

But while some are apprehensive, others point to Moyes’ previous comments on Diangana’s future, having stated that the young ace is destined for the top and will be given a key role at the London Stadium upon his return.