West Ham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team battered 4-1 at home by Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Citizens off the back of a 4-1 reverse at Arsenal last time out, a result which kept them just six points clear of the bottom three. And Southampton’s victory on Saturday reduced that gap to just three, although the Hammers were unable to put further distance between themselves and danger on Sunday as goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Fernandinho, alongside a Pablo Zabaleta own goal, secured a routine win for Pep Guardiola’s side, leaving West Ham just a few places clear of danger in 15th.
Subsequently, there have been many disappointed Hammers supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can get back to winning ways when they travel to out-of-form Leicester City next weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Crystal Palace are seeking to make a move for reported Hammers target Leander Dendoncker this summer.
As such, these recent reports must urge West Ham chief Moyes to reignite his interest in the £14.85 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), what with his side in need of midfield reinforcements this summer.
Ultimately, the Hammers have struggled in the central midfield department this season, what with Cheikhou Kouyate often out of form and Pedro Obiang having spent much of the campaign out injured.
And while Mark Noble has performed reasonably well for the East London club, it’s clear that, if they are seeking to move to the next level in the coming years, more steel and industry is needed in the middle of the park.
And Dendoncker might be able to provide that.
The 23-year-old has been a regular in the Anderlecht midfield in the last few years in making 168 senior appearances for the Belgian giants, 41 of which coming this term in their run to second place in the top-flight table.
And with the captaincy in the last few games, it’s clear that the Belgium international has a maturity beyond his years as well as an adeptness in a more defensive-minded midfield role – traits West Ham have to be looking for regarding summer arrivals.
As such, with Palace and even Manchester United reportedly keen on the 23-year-old, Moyes’ Hammers simply must seek to reignite their interest in the Belgian ace as they seek the midfield reinforcements that could move the club to the next level next season.
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