Leander Dendoncker was once again a star of the end of a transfer window, and once again didn’t leave Anderlecht.
Linked repeatedly with Manchester United and Everton in the run up to the window, it was West Ham who were the strongest link during January.
The Hammers made a late offer for the midfielder, but saw it knocked back, and then came Crystal Palace.
On Thursday we brought news from Belgium that Crystal Palace had made a ‘good bid’ for Dendoncker on Wednesday afternoon, but that was rejected, now Het Belang van Limburg have some more details.
The Belgian newspaper say Crystal Palace’s offer was €15m plus a further €5m in bonuses, so the player then went to Anderlecht’s offices with his parents.
At the time it was thought that was because of a new offer from West Ham, but the suggestion now is it was all down to Crystal Palace.
It’s explained Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck refused the offer because he ‘did not want to weaken the team and didn’t want to get lynched by the fans’.
Dendoncker has some kind of assurance he can leave in the summer for €15m, if Crystal Palace remain in the Premier League then there’s every chance they’ll try again.