As we edge towards the start of the summer transfer window, it’s only normal to see clubs talking up their players, especially those who have been given the ‘green light’ to leave if the right offers comes in.

Leander Dendoncker is one of those, and the Belgian press are adamant both West Ham and Crystal Palace will return to try and sign the Anderlecht defensive midfielder.

If they were to do so, then bids from the Hammers and the Eagles would be very welcome, as Anderlecht’s new owner Marc Coucke made very clear on RTBF on Monday night, relayed by DH.

He said: “A bunch of things were promised to him by the old board. Luc Devroe and myself have confirmed that if there was a correct offer, we’d let him go. We have asked him to play as best he can during the last few games. The better he plays, the more clubs there will be. Scouts who were there at the Charleroi game will have jotted down his name”.

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As well as West Ham and Crystal Palace, the likes of Everton and Manchester United have seen their names thrown into the Dendoncker ring in the past.

While those appear to have died down, it would be surprising if some slightly ‘bigger’ sides than David Moyes’ and Roy Hodgson’s clubs came knocking in the summer.

Especially if the Belgium international follows his owner’s very specific and completely logical demands to the letter.