West Ham United have their own answer to Nigeria and Villareal star Samuel Chukwueze according to fan favourite Pablo Fornals.

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Chukwueze, 21, is one of the most exciting young stars in La Liga.

The Nigerian international has been linked with big money moves to Liverpool and Chelsea (Goal.com and The Telegraph).

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West Ham must sell to buy this summer

West Ham can only dream of being in the market for such players.

Hammers boss David Moyes has a zero transfer budget this summer according to insiders Claret & Hugh.

The Scot must sell to buy and offloading highly paid, underperforming players is proving difficult.

With less than a month to go until the new season starts Moyes has not added any new faces to his squad.

The only business West Ham have done has seen Tomas Soucek’s loan made permanent and Albian Ajeti sold to Celtic for £5million.

As a result Moyes may have to turn to his young players for inspiration.

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Fornals compares Diangana to Villareal star Chukwueze

West Ham fans may be reassured to learn, though, that they are not the only ones who believe academy graduate Grady Diangana can be like a new signing.

Diangana starred at West Brom on loan last season as the Baggies were promoted to the Premier League.

And West Ham fan favourite Pablo Fornals has revealed he rates Diangana as highly as former Villareal teammate Chukwueze.

The Spaniard was picking his dream XI from current and former teammates on the West Ham website.

And when he chose Chukwueze for the left-wing he had some exciting words about Diangana.

“Samuel is a winger who is playing for Villarreal,” Fornals told whufc.com.

“He is only 21, and I expect him to go to the top.

“As a player, he is similar to Grady Diangana, who is a great young player as well.”

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Speculation still swirling over Grady, but he could save Moyes millions

There has been much speculation over Diangana’s future.

He has been linked with a permanent move to West Brom as well as Celtic (The Sun), Rangers (Herald Scotland) and Fulham.

The 22-year-old made a big impact when he came into the West Ham team under Manuel Pellegrini.

But he faded and was loaned out to West Brom last season.

The pacy winger starred in the Championship.

And there remain question marks as to whether Diangana can do it on a consistent basis in the top flight.

After Fornals’s comparison West Ham fans will be hoping he stays and reaches Chukwueze’s level.

Because not only will David Moyes have a superb player on his hands, but it will also save the club £20-30m in the transfer market in the long run.

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