West Ham United could be given a second shot at Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken this summer after they ‘fiercely tugged’ at him last year.
That’s according to Voetbal 24, who say the midfielder and his wife were ‘charmed’ at the idea of a move to London.
They, though, elected to stay in Belgium as Brugge ‘managed to convince’ the player to stay with a new and ‘thick’ contract.
However, the player’s situation at the club has changed this season, with it believed he ‘no longer feels so appreciated’ after something of a disappointing season for his club.
Thus he would be ‘a lot more open’ to a move away this summer, and the English clubs are circling, particularly after his recent impressive displays for Belgium, including a double in the 8-0 win over Belarus.
That showed several suitors his talent and that he can match it with some of the stars that make up Roberto Martinez’s squad.
If those English clubs were to come knocking, it would definitely see an exit for Vanaken, especially since they could afford Brugge’s demands, which would be around €20m.
Now, there’s no mention of West Ham being a part of the clubs circling, but it would be surprising if they aren’t given the interest last year.
The Hammers were linked with a move through the summer, and at one point, it was even claimed he was a dream signing for West Ham boss David Moyes.
Of course, that could have changed over the last year, but with recent impressive displays under his belt and a new willingness to move elsewhere, perhaps this is the Scot’s and West Ham’s chance to get their man.