West Ham submit curious bid for goal machine that’s doomed to fail, though Chelsea raid announcement is coming

Club Brugge attackers Noa Lang and Hans Vanaken

West Ham have tabled a bid just north of £9m for Hans Vanaken who boasts an incredible scoring record, though why that’s a misstep has been revealed.

The Hammers currently sit bottom of the Premier League table without a goal scored. The opening weekend defeat to reigning champions Man City wasn’t all that unexpected, though 1-0 and 2-0 losses to Nottingham Forest and Brighton since then have dampened the mood.

One sure-fire way to lift the gloom is through the transfer market. Indeed, with just 10 days remaining in the summer window, West Ham are still active.

One such player earmarked as a wise addition in the attacking third is Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken.

The 21-times capped Belgium international operates primarily in an attacking midfield role and boasts a formidable scoring record.

Indeed, his tally at Brugge currently stands at an impressive 102 goals in 344 appearances across all competitions. He’s also laid on 72 assists for his team-mates.

Vanaken scored against all three of RB Leipzig, PSG and Man City in last season’s Champions League group stage. At 29, Vanaken now feels the time is right to test his mettle in the Premier League.

90min reported the Hammers had lodged an £8.4m bid at the weekend. Brugge rejected the offer for their vice-captain who they reportedly value around £16.8m.

West Ham deploying risky Vanaken strategy

Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted West Ham have tabled an improved bid for Vanaken, though it’s got little chance of succeeding.

Romano reported an €11m (approx. £9.2m) has been lodged, though it’s ‘not enough’ to convince Brugge.

Romano added the Belgian side are unlikely to let such an influential player leave so late into the window for ‘anywhere near that offer’.

West Ham may simply be testing the waters and hoping to meet somewhere in the middle in the coming days. But with less than two weeks left in the window, that strategy is a risky one.

What’s more, a transfer seems there for the making if West Ham stump up the cash. Indeed, Vanaken recently talked up the move in quotes carried by the Daily Mail.

“Clearly there is interest, enough has been written about it,” said Vanaken.

“New talks tomorrow [Monday] and we’ll see where it ends. I think it could be my last chance and I want to do it.”

Better news on Emerson Palmieri

Elsewhere, the outlook is far rosier regarding Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri.

West Ham have agreed a deal worth £13m plus a further £2m in add-ons to sign the 28-year-old Italian.

Personal terms have been agreed and a five-year contract will be signed. A medical has also been passed, per Romano.

Official confirmation of his move across London is expected at some time on Tuesday.