On Wednesday, we covered a Leander Dendoncker interview in Het Nieuwsblad where the young defensive midfielder explained he was still looking for a transfer in the summer, and the World Cup could very well help him get the move he needs, with West Ham likely to be at the front of the queue.
We explained a summer move ‘looks very likely’, mostly because everything seems to point to that, including a claim the 22-year-old has a written promise he’ll be given the green light.
Cynical as always, we won’t be fully convinced until he’s holding another team’s scarf for a photoshoot to announce a transfer, yet another detail emerging on Thursday that will be music to West Ham’s ears.
According to DH in Belgium, Anderlecht have been preparing Dendoncker’s exit since January, as they had already lined up a replacement: Genk’s Ibrahima Seck.
The outlet reveal the Jupiler Pro League champions approached the Senegalese midfielder in January, planning on him arriving in June once his contract had expired, saving them money in the process.
Unfortunately, he was also already deep in talks with his current side, and eventually renewed at Genk.
Seen as the ideal man to substitute Dendoncker by the club, this further confirms the idea the young Belgium midfielder will be on his way out in the summer, most likely to the Premier League.
Will it be to David Moyes’ West Ham? That’s a story for another day.