Aston Villa and newly-promoted Fulham have both made a late attempt to beat West Bromwich Albion to the capture of West Ham attacker Grady Diangana, despite the player looking set for a move to the Hawthorns.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful season-long loan spell with the Baggies last term, scoring eight times as Slaven Bilic’s side secured promotion back to the Premier League.
Despite pleas among fans for the player to become an integral part of David Moyes’ plans at the London Stadium, it would appear that the England U21 international is set to leave the club this summer.
Sky Sports have reported that the player is set to undergo a medical with West Brom ahead of an £18m move that would see Diangana commit to a five-year deal with the West Midlands based club.
However, the report also claims that at least three other clubs also retain an interest in the youngster, with both Villa and Fulham keen to prize the player from under the noses of their Premier League rivals.
Dean Smith’s side have been in the market for creative reinforcements having just about scraped survival on the final day of last season, while Scott Parker’s Fulham are also keen to bolster their squad as they make a swift return back to the top flight.
As for West Ham, the deal would represent another departure of a promising youth product, the club recently losing the highly-rated Jeremy Ngakia due to the expiry of his contract – the right-back going on to sign for relegated Watford last month.
It’s potentially not all doom and gloom in East London however, with the report also suggesting that the club could be set to make a move for Brentford’s highly sought after Said Benrahma – if the club are willing to match his £25m valuation.