West Ham target, Hans Vanaken, has given a wholly encouraging update on his potential move to West Ham, though the arrivals are unlikely to end there, per reports.
The Hammers have already tabled an £8.4m bid to sign Belgium international Hans Vanaken, according to 90min. The 29-year-old has been with Club Brugge since 2015 and in that time has been a menace to defences in Belgium.
Indeed, the attacking midfielder has scored at least 10 league goals in six of his seven seasons at Brugge. The only season he didn’t hit double figures saw his tally end at nine.
Brugge reportedly rejected West Ham’s bid, though the story won’t end there. Brugge want £16.8m for their vice-captain, while the Hammers believe a compromise can be found around the £12.6m mark.
Now, via the Daily Mail, Vanaken himself has given the move a triple lift.
Firstly, he admitted the interest is real before claiming fresh talks are due to take place today (Monday). Finally, Vanaken admitted he wants to make the switch before it’s too late and while he’s still in his prime.
“Clearly there is interest, enough has been written about it,” said Vanaken.
“New talks tomorrow and we’ll see where it ends. I think it could be my last chance and I want to do it.”
Arsenal, Chelsea raids detailed
Before Vanaken could arrive, West Ham may have already been boosted by the addition of Emerson Palmieri.
David Moyes’ side have struck an agreement to sign the Chelsea left-back for £13m. Add-ons could take the final fee to £15m, and the subject of personal terms is now being broached.
Fabrizio Romano tweeted West Ham want to wrap up their move for the Italy international ‘this week’.
Chelsea are keen to shift the 28-year-old out on a permanent deal following the arrival of Marc Cucurella. Thomas Tuchel also has Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso for the left side.
Another cross-London move could also be explored, namely that of Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
That’s according to the Mail who claim the versatile 24-year-old has been the subject of discussions at West Ham.
Arsenal are open to selling both Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson this summer. The pair have both entered the final years of their contracts in north London and time is running out to generate fees for the players.