West Ham United should have maintained interest in Dendoncker prior to Wolves move

Wolverhampton Wanderers finalised the signing of Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht on transfer deadline day, but West Ham United should have beaten them to it.

What’s the word?

The newly-promoted Premier League club topped off another decent summer of recruitment by landing Belgium international Dendoncker.

The defensive midfielder has initially joined on a season-long loan, which will become permanent at the end of the campaign.

West Ham have also been in the market for a defence-minded figure to control the middle of the park.

In January, while David Moyes was still in charge, the club came close to sealing Dendoncker’s signature, but the transfer fell through.

It appears that current boss Manuel Pellegrini did not revive the pursuit, but he should have.

Why?

One of the Hammers’ new signings this summer is Jack Wilshere, who moved to the London Stadium from Arsenal on a free transfer.

Dendoncker, valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, would have been the ideal figure to play alongside the midfielder.

The Belgian would have anchored the midfield and protected the back line, allowing Wilshere and his attacking teammates more freedom to roam.

Even though Dendoncker predominantly plays in midfield, the 23-year-old can comfortably drop into centre-back, which could have proven useful to the Hammers if any injuries occurred throughout the season.

Pellegrini has done some positive transfer business this summer, but he could end up regretting not signing Wolves’ new boy.