The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern were furious with yesterday’s performance against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup. The Hammers drew 0-0 away at League One Shrewsbury and were the second best team throughout. A number of first team regulars were underwhelming and the Hammers fans here were calling for a new defensive midfielder to replace under performing duo Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate.
And according to reports emerging from Belgium today, West Ham are interested in signing Leander Dendoncker. Nieuws Blad is reporting that the Hammers have made contact with Anderlecht over the possible signing of Dendoncker.
This would be a very shrewd piece of business by West Ham if they are able to beat Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Chelsea to the signing of the 22-year-old. The Irons previously prised Cheikhou Kouyate away from Anderlecht in summer 2014 and although he is out of form this season, he has been an excellent servant for West Ham over the years.
This time, West Ham will need to shell out £20m to land the Belgium international, who has already made four appearances for the senior national side. Dendoncker is a terrific young talent and he could well justify that price tag with years of good service for the Hammers.
Having adapted from a centre-half to a defensive midfielder, the youngster is the perfect fit for West Ham as they look for a midfielder who can protect the back four with defensive contributions in midfield. Dendoncker is a young, exciting prospect who can shore things up for the Hammers with his midfield displays.
Although £20m is a hefty fee, this youngster is worth taking a gamble on. And the Hammers have only been quoted similar, if not bigger fees, for domestic targets like Stoke’s Joe Allen and Bournemouth’s Harry Arter. Dendoncker would be a better option than those two.
With other clubs ready to swoop, West Ham should definitely look to steal a march on their rivals and complete this deal swiftly.