Blackburn Rovers and Derby County have joined Middlesbrough in the race to sign West Ham winger Grady Diangana, Teamtalk have reported.
Last week Football Insider claimed that Middlesbrough had made enquiries to West Ham about the availability of Diangana on loan, and it now appears that they are not the only club to have done so.
According to the latest report, West Ham have told Diangana that he can go out on loan this season, with the Championship trio all keen to bring the 21-year-old in on loan.
As well as interest from the English second tier, it also claimed that a number of top-flight German and French sides are monitoring the progress of Diangana, with the Hammers considering whether a move abroad could suit the winger better.
Diangana first burst onto the scene last season when he scored twice on his debut as West Ham thrashed Macclesfield 8-0 in the EFL Cup, with the England Under 20 international going onto make 21 appearances in all competitions for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
In January, Diangana was handed a bumper new contract by West Ham, which is set to keep him at the London Stadium until the summer of 2025.
This could be a good move for Diangana.
Having shown plenty of promise on his first outing as a senior footballer last year, a regular role on loan at a Championship side could be an important next step in his development towards achieving his full potential.
With Middlesbrough needing a fresh impetus going forward after a difficult season in front of goal, and Derby losing plenty of attacking influence in their midfield following the end of Harry Wilson and Mason Mount’s loans, I could see Diangana being a good signing for either of these two sides. I am however, far from convinced this is something Blackburn need to pursue, given the number of options they already have in attack, particularly compared to what they have in defence.
It will be interesting to see just where Diangana does end up come the end of the window, and given last season’s performances and this year’s expectations for both ‘Boro and Derby, you wonder just how big a say West Ham and Diangana’s decision here could have in the battle for a top-six spot and beyond in the coming campaign.