West Ham United are refusing to sell Celtic-linked winger Grady Diangana, according to Football.London.
The Sun reported last month that both the Hoops and Ajax were interested in a swoop for the tricky youngster. Parkhead scouts were also said to be impressed by the Hammer, who spent last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion in the Championship.
Diangana was also reported as believing that continuing to play regularly after a fine spell with the Baggies was a must. But Football.London has stated that West Ham boss David Moyes is a big fan of the 22-year-old. Due to that, the Hammers won’t be accepting any permanent offers for him.
However, there is nothing in any report about loan moves being ruled out. If the likes of Celtic are still interested in Diangana, a temporary deal could be an option.
He bagged eight goals and seven assists in the Championship last year (Transfermarkt), whilst also tasting success as West Brom secured automatic promotion to the Premier League after finishing in second place.
Diangana would provide versatility
Diangana can play in a variety of positions across the forward line, including on either flank. However, he spent most of last term on the left side for West Brom (Transfermarkt).
As things stand, Celtic have Mohamed Elyounoussi operating in that position. If anything was to happen to the Norwegian then the Hoops would be in trouble. Mikey Johnston is out for the long-term, meaning Neil Lennon could do with another piece of cover in that area if he can find it (Glasgow Times).
Unfortunately, the Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Celtic were in the market for a left-back, centre-back, and a centre-forward. Therefore, a move for another winger may not be too high on the club’s agenda.
Given Diangana’s concerns about game-time also, you would wonder whether a move to Parkhead would be best for him. He isn’t going to usurp Southampton loan star Elyounoussi on a weekly basis, so you could say that coming to Celtic would leave Diangana with those same worries.
There is the possibility he could feature on the right side, but he runs into the same problem. James Forrest isn’t going to be replaced anytime soon, and Lennon could do with giving Karamoko Dembele more minutes when Forrest needs a rest.
So West Ham refusing to let him leave permanently is a game-changer. You have to imagine that effectively rules us out of the running for Diangana as things stand.