West Ham United have had a strong transfer window so far this summer, adding some real quality to their squad in the shape of Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd and most recently Thilo Kehrer as David Moyes looks to take his team to the next level.
Finishing seventh in last season’s Premier League and reaching the Europa League semi-finals was great progress from the Irons, who were struggling before Moyes took over for his second spell in charge in the winter of 2019. In order to kick on, though, they need to add some squad depth, especially in midfield.
One player who could add the necessary quality is Club Brugge attacking midfielder Hans Vanaken. West Ham have already made one move for the player, with the Belgian champions refusing that offer, but the east London club are reportedly keen on making another bid.
Vanaken has an impressive record in his homeland, recording a remarkable 175 goal contributions (102 goals, 73 assists) during his seven-year association with Brugge.
The 29-year-old has scored the majority of his goals from an attacking midfield position, and his goalscoring ability from midfield is something that West Ham have been lacking.
Manuel Lanzini was the club’s highest scorer from midfield last term with seven goals, whereas Vanaken netted more than double that with 15 strikes, which suggests that his quality would vastly improve this area in Moyes’ squad.
Bowen has been valued at £75m by West Ham and the 6 foot 4 Belgian is slightly older, but if he can replicate his form in his homeland if coming to the Premier League, there might be a few teams who be interested in signing him for a significant fee.
Goalscoring isn’t their only strength, as the pair contributed a total of 19 assists in their respective divisions last term (Vanaken nine, Bowen ten) while each averaged over one key pass per match (1.6 and 1.2 respectively) proving that a combination of the two players in the same team could ensure that West Ham score more often.
The “towering” Belgian – as described by journalist Henry Tomlinson – might be yet another Moyes masterstroke in this summer’s transfer market if the Hammers boss can lure him to the London Stadium between now and 1st September.