According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United are still interested in Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, but are unsure whether he is worth £18m.
West Ham were linked with Dendoncker during last summer’s transfer window and again in January, with the Hammers said to be big admirers of the four-time Belgium international.
Manchester United have also previously been credited with an interest in a player who came through the youth system at Anderlecht before making the first team.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham assistant manager Steve Pearce travelled to Belgium last weekend to watch the midfielder in action against Club Brugge, and the former England international was impressed with what he saw.
That said, the report claims that the London club are unsure whether the 23-year-old would be a good signing for £18m, which Anderlecht are believed to be demanding.
Dendoncker scored six times in all competitions for Anderlecht last season, but has only managed one goal in his 42 appearances for the Belgian giants this term.
Standing at 6ft 3inches, there is no question that Dendoncker has the frame to be a central midfielder in the Premier League, and his ability to cover the ground makes him an attractive proposition for West Ham.
Whilst £18m is not small change, it is not exactly huge when considering the transfer figures that were bandied about last summer.
Much will depend on just how much the Hammers have to spend in this summer’s transfer window, as there are currently a number of problem positions.
Dendoncker has looked comfortable operating at Champions League level, and West Ham should certainly not be put off by his £18m price-tag as long as there is a decent-sized budget for the manager – currently David Moyes – to spend this summer.