The former Tottenham Hotspur striker believes that if Moyes wanted to keep the winger at West Ham, then the London club would not have sold him to West Bromwich Albion.
However, The Sun has claimed that West Ham sold the youngster against Moyes’s wishes.
Bent said on talkSPORT (8:09pm, September 5, 2020): “The fact that they have now sold him straightaway just tells me first and foremost that maybe David Moyes didn’t rate him because I am pretty sure if David Moyes had gone to the owners and said, ‘Listen I need this guy, this is one for the future, he is going to help us going forward’, then surely they wouldn’t have gone, ‘We don’t care what you say’.
“The fact that they sold him tells me that David Moyes was never convinced by him in the first place. Otherwise, he would have fought for him.”
Controverial Grady Diangana exit
Diangana spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at West Brom from West Ham and helped the Baggies clinch automatic promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.
According to The Express & Star, the Baggies have paid the Hammers £12 million upfront as transfer fee for the 22-year-old, with £6 million in add-ons.
West Ham stated on their official website that decision to sell the youngster was ‘made reluctantly’, but it was ‘in the best interests of the club’ and was done ‘to strengthen the squad in different areas at this time’.
Following the controversial decision of the Hammers, West Ham midfielder and captain Mark Noble expressed his disappointment on Twitter, with a lot of the London club’s fans supporting him in his stance.