West Ham United will sign a defender within the next two weeks.
The only way impending Diangana sale will be remotely acceptable
That’s according to Claret & Hugh’s Sean Whetstone, who has links to co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
West Ham look set to sell Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion on Friday.
According reliable insider ExWHUemployee and The Telegraph’s John Percy, terms have been agreed and Diangana will have his medical at West Brom on Friday.
Raging West Ham fans turn toxic on owners
The sale has enraged West Ham fans.
An uprising of Hammers supporters have once again called for Sullivan and Gold to leave the club.
West Ham boss David Moyes was told he must sell to buy this summer.
Sullivan and Gold are pleading poverty as a result of the global health crisis.
Defence the priority for Moyes
But West Ham fans have watched on as nearly every other Premier League club – and many Championship clubs – have been active in the transfer market.
Moyes has made it clear that bolstering his defence is a top priority this window (Evening Standard).
And according to Whetstone, West Ham are set to do just that.
The club hopes to reinvest the money in a defender within two weeks.
Insider claims Hammers hope to make defender signing soon
“If Grady Diangana is sold it will be a straight £18m transfer fee plus 20% sell on clause and not £12m plus addons,” Whetstone said on Twitter.
“Club and manager are reluctant to sell but Grady is the only player they have received an offer for. Club hoping to complete defender signing within next two weeks.”
If Grady Diangana is sold it will be a straight £18m transfer fee plus 20% sell on clause & not £12m plus addons. Club & manager are reluctant to sell but Grady is the only player they have received an offer for. Club hoping to complete defender signing within next two weeks
— West Ham Football (@westhamfootball) September 3, 2020
Moyes has been linked with the likes of John Stones and Phil Jones (The Sun).
And The Evening Standard have also claimed the Hammers are interested in Bologna’s Japanese international defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Whether West Ham are genuinely close to pulling something off, or the message is to try and placate angry fans remains to be seen.