According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United assistant manager Stuart Pearce scouted Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker against Club Brugge last weekend.
The Hammers have been linked with the Belgium international for some time, and it is understood that they have the option to sign him in this summer’s transfer window.
However, the London club are said to be unsure whether Dendoncker is worth £18m, which is the transfer fee that Anderlecht are said to be demanding.
Manchester United were linked with the 23-year-old in last summer’s transfer window, but the midfielder ultimately remained at Anderlecht.
He has only managed one goal in 42 appearances for Anderlecht this term, but more than held his own in the Champions League.
The West Ham fans have been offering their views on the latest transfer report, and it would be fair to say that it was a bit of a mixed reaction on social media.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Scouting him and persuading the Dave’s to stump up the cash are very different things.
— John (@0703jab) May 9, 2018
Hopefully he had a cracker…
— Mike Bull (@bull_mike) May 8, 2018
ffs the last time they done this we got jordan "I can't wait to see all the lovely bubbles" hugill….
— Sarith: The Bastard© (@IsarithI) May 9, 2018
Then they should pay £30M for Carvalho…… Dendonker isn’t wanted by Europe’s elite for no reason…. even if he did leave we’d make a hefty profit
— Joshua James Webb (@JoshuajWebb18) May 9, 2018
My #WestHam ideal transfer targets:
GK – Butland (unlikely), Forster
RB – Kiko Femenia, Fredricks
CB – Zouma, Mawson, Evans
CM – Decoure, Dendoncker, Shelvey, Allen, Maddison, Cairney
LM/RM – Shaquiri, Delufeo, Neres
* Keep Chicharito. If not, Jay Rodriguez as back up #COYI
— Simon Banks (@SiBanksy) May 9, 2018
Dream West Ham summer window
Ins- Shaqiri, Butland, Dendoncker, Fredericks, Lascelles, Rondon.
Outs- Hugill, Kouyate, Hart, Reid, Fernandes.
— Sam. (@samwhufc13) May 8, 2018
@ExWHUemployee any truth in this? And why anyway? It's a tinpot league and he's scored 1 in 42 games. Which way are we supposed to be heading?
— EBS property care (@ebsspain) May 7, 2018