I am writing this Grady Diangana is unveiled at the Hawthorns as a West Bromwich Albion player.
This player sale should amount to around £18m with add ones including a 20 per cent sell on fee but I am really disappointed in this news.
Why? Because many West Ham fans, like myself, love academy graduates to come through and represent the club and he had also looked very good in the pre-season games.
The biggest reason I wanted him to stay though is that Haller stated in the recent games how much he enjoyed playing alongside him and I really hoped this would enable him to have an even more productive season.
So far our window has been all players out unless you include the signing of Ossama Ashley from AFC Wimbledon who will join our academy.
There is also a chance our next signing could also be to benefit the academy because we have Brandon Aveiro from Crystal Palace also on trial. This is not, however, the big money signing that we hoped for.
Currently we are looking for a new centre back with a bit of pace that could potentially play alongside Ogbonna.
We also want to sign a new left back. Moyes turned down the chance to sign Robinson of Wigan because he felt he couldn’t defend and currently has reservations over Rico Henry too although there is still a chance a move could be made.
The club also hope to sign a new backup forward. Whilst I believe we were keen on Eze who joined Palace and Benrahma, a winger from Brentford, the club had other positional priorities.
Roberto leaving is something I think all West Ham fans can celebrate and surely brings the curtain down (he dropped it) on our worst ever goalkeeper’s career at the club.
Although he left on a free, we are still having to pay 65 per cent of his salary until it expires next July. Ajeti and Hugill are two back up forwards who have also left to join Celtic and Norwich respectively neither of whom really got much of a chance at the club.
It is worth noting that we still haven’t paid off all the installments on Haller’s transfer fee so some of the transfer revenue made will go towards that anyhow but I can see a defensive signing happening within the next few weeks.
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