West Ham supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days following their side’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League, a result which momentarily moved them into the top half of the division.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Eagles unbeaten in their preceding five league games, but having lost 2-0 to League One leaders Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup in their previous outing. Nonetheless, the Hammers preserved their unbeaten run in the league despite falling behind to Christian Benteke’s opener midway through the first half, with Mark Noble equalising from the penalty spot just before the break to clinch a point for the hosts, who did move into the top half of the Premier League before Wednesday’s matches.
Subsequently, there have been many satisfied West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by comments from The Guardian journalist Jacob Steinburg in The Guardian’s Deadline Day blog (22:21), which sheds some light on why the Hammers missed out on a deal to land Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker.
The 22-year-old came up through the ranks at the Belgian giants and has since gone on to make 157 appearances for the club, in which time he has managed ten goals and two assists from a defensive midfield role.
And his fine efforts for Anderlecht reportedly attracted the interest of Moyes’ West Ham during the January transfer window, what with the East London outfit seemingly in need of midfield reinforcements given the lack of sufficient depth in that position.
However, no move materialised for Dendoncker, with Steinburg suggesting that it was indeed Anderlecht who ‘pulled out’ of the deal with the Premier League outfit, although Steinburg didn’t go on to provide an explanation.
Nonetheless, this is sure to come as frustrating news for both Moyes and indeed the club’s supporters, who saw the deadline pass with just two new additions at the club, namely Joao Mario and Jordan Hugill.
Landlord’s verdict: Joao Mario’s arrival from Inter Milan on loan will certainly go some way to bolstering the midfield ranks at West Ham, although it seems that manager David Moyes also wanted Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker before the window shut on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old has seriously impressed in his homeland in the last few years and looks set for a bright future in the game, yet the Hammers were ultimately unable to get a deal done for the midfielder, and The Guardian journalist Jacob Steinburg has shed some light as to why.
And it’s because it was Anderlecht who reportedly ‘pulled out’ of a deal with the Premier League side, and with Pedro Obiang facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Moyes may be slightly short of sufficient midfield depth for the rest of the season as a result.
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