Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken has emerged as a ‘top priority’ target for West Ham United in the final week of the transfer window, according to Het Laatste Nieuws.
The Hammers have stepped up their efforts for the 28-year-old as David Moyes views the playmaker as a dream signing to bolster his side’s midfield.
It’s claimed the London club have tabled a €15m offer for the Belgium international, but the Jupiler Pro League winners don’t intend to let their star leave.
That’s because West Ham’s €15m proposal is not close to Vanaken’s valuation. Club Brugge are also working to further extend his contract beyond 2024.
HLN states it’s not clear whether or not the midfielder wants to join a club who had to battle it out to avoid relegation last season.
There’s a danger of West Ham dropping out of the Premier League, and this could mean Vanaken will end up playing in the Championship.
On the other hand, Vanaken can fight to win trophies and also play regularly in European competitions with Club Brugge.
Therefore, HLN states ‘the chance that West Ham United will effectively take away our [Club Brugge] best player [Vanaken] from Belgium is small’.
Vanaken has four goals and two assists in seven matches this season, and finished the last campaign with 17 goals and three assists in all competitions.