West Ham United have now ‘submitted a new bid’ to sign Club Brugge star Hans Vanaken before September 1, according to reliable reports.
The Lowdown: Irons set for busy end…
The Irons and manager David Moyes could be set for a busy end to this transfer window with reports suggesting they’re eyeing a late ‘flurry’ before its closure.
Where will West Ham finish at the end of 2022/2023?
Europa League place
Italy international Emerson Palmieri, having put pen to paper on a four-year deal at West Ham, becomes head of recruitment Rob Newman’s seventh major signing for the club this summer.
He joins Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, Alphonse Areola, Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet and Thilo Keher with the Premier League side fully preparing for an interesting 2022/2023 campaign.
The Latest: West Ham submit ‘new bid’ for Vanaken…
Sharing news on another target, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has an update for supporters involving Vanaken.
The Italian transfer reporter, following an update from Dharmesh Sheth that a new bid is imminent, claims West Ham have indeed now tabled that fresh €11 million (£9 million) offer for the 30-year-old, but there’s a problem.
“West Ham have submitted a new bid for Hans Vanaken. €11m guaranteed fee plus add-ons, but it’s not enough to convince Brugge. #WHUFC It’s unlikely that Club Brugge will let their captain leave 9 days before end of transfer window for anywhere near that offer.”
The Verdict: Keep pushing?
Despite the end of this window drawing very near, you could also make the argument that Vanaken is approaching the twilight phase of his career and every club has their price.
Taking this into account, a late West Ham push to sign the Belgium international is entirely possible – especially if the player is as keen to join Moyes as reports suggest.
Having shone as one of Brugge’s top players in recent seasons, former teammates Onur Kaya and Jelle Vossen have held real praise for Vanaken with the former has calling him ‘special’.
Vossen, meanwhile, has claimed the 30-year-old is a player ‘all footballers want‘ in their team.
Indeed, going by these endorsements, a move for Vanaken could be worth the extra push.
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