West Ham United received no encouragement from Club Brugge after tabling a bid for signing Hans Vanaken.
The Hammers may struggle in their efforts to acquire the 28-year-old’s services and Het Belang van Limburg explains ‘five good reasons’ why the move won’t materialise even after West Ham made a €16m offer.
Club Brugge haven’t made a new acquisition in the current window and they want to ‘buy first’ before selling any of their players.
The second reason is that the playmaker is ‘irreplaceable’ for the Jupiler Pro League winners, and even if the €16m fee may be a ‘nice sum’ for his employer, it is difficult for them to bring in a replacement for a similar fee.
Club Brugge are not in a financial crisis and they don’t need to raise money through player sales. This is cited as the third season.
The Belgium international has indicated that he only wants to leave the club at the right time, and HBVL adds the ‘timing is wrong’ for him to make a move elsewhere in the last week of the window.
The final reason is about Vanaken’s valuation, and the newspaper explains even if West Ham ‘cough up an astronomical amount’, a move may not be on the cards.
Vanaken has stressed he would only move abroad if the club’s ambition is to win trophies. For this reason, West Ham are the ‘wrong choice’ as they have finished in the top half of the table only once in the last eight seasons.
HLN reported on Thursday that West Ham’s chances of landing Vanaken were slim and HBVL have now explained various ‘good reasons’ why they have not be able to complete his signing.