Formerly Rangers linked winger Grady Diangana scored a stunning goal for West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday following his move from West Ham.

The Herald reported in July that both Rangers and Celtic had made inquiries about the player, who was said to be open to a move to Glasgow due to the lure of European football.

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Grady Diangana in pre-season action for West Ham United against Brentford. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

However, in the end, it was West Brom who won the race for the player’s signature.

The Baggies paid West Ham £18m to complete the transfer earlier this month, much to the disappointment of Hammers captain, Mark Noble [BBC Sport].

Diangana enjoyed a productive loan spell at the Hawthorns last season, scoring eight goals and registering seven assists from 30 appearances, helping his adopted side to promotion.

West Brom have endured a difficult opening week back in the Premier League, losing 3-0 at home to Leicester City on the opening day before being hammered 5-2 by Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Diangana was a standout performer for the visitors, though, and he opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a stunning goal.

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Former Rangers target Diangana celebrates scoring for West Brom against Everton. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

The winger picked the ball up in his own half and drove forward at pace against the retreating Everton defence before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the bottom right corner from 25 yards.

Matheus Pereira scored a spectacular second for West Brom just after the interval but Kieran Gibbs’ red card had turned an already difficult task into mission impossible and Slaven Bilic’s side eventually succumbed to a heavy defeat.

The fee of £18m suggests that Rangers were never realistically in contention to sign Diangana on a permanent deal but it’s easy to see why Gerrard made inquiries.

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