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Opinion: Return of 22-year-old as good as a new West Ham signing

The West Ham United faithful are hoping the club’s hierarchy can splash some cash in the transfer market this summer, with attacking reinforcements certainly one of the priorities. 

However, before the Hammers start to pursue wingers or versatile forwards, Grady Diangana must be taken into account. 

The 22-year-old Hammers starlet spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion and played a key role in the Hawthorns outfit getting promoted to the Premier League, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in the Championship. 

West Ham are blessed with two in-form wide attackers in the form of Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen, but Diangana has shown in his time at WBA that he is more than good enough to star in the Premier League. 

His fledgling outings for the Hammers were impressive before heading out on loan and the fleet-footed forward is clearly returning to the London Stadium as a better player. 

As such, Diangana’s renewed presence in the West Ham ranks is as good as a new signing for David Moyes as the Irons boss looks to assess his squad this pre-season. 

While speculation over the 22-year-old’s future is natural after his performances last season, the Hammers should resist any overtures from other clubs and certainly should not consider loaning the attacker out again. 

West Ham have a great history of nurturing talent through their youth system – Diangana is the latest academy graduate to have all the attributes to excel in the first team – Moyes must give him his chance in the Premier League next season. 

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