West Ham interested in €20m Club Brugge midfielder
West Ham United are reportedly interested in Club Brugge's star attacking midfielder, Hans Vanaken, with the Belgian side wanting €20 million for him.
According to Belgian news outlet Voetbal 24, West Ham are set to move in once again for the long-term target Hans Vanaken, who they tried to sign last summer but were unsuccessful in doing so.
The report claims that 28-year-old midfielder and his wife were eager to move to London when West Ham's interest initially came up.
However, he stayed at Club Brugge as they offered him a new bumper contract, with Voetbal 24 describing it as a new 'thick' contract.
Despite this, the Belgian international is now unhappy at the club, feeling like he is no longer appreciated by the Pro League side.
Given his age, Voetbal 24 claim that this will be his last season in Belgium, especially if Premier League clubs come back in for him this summer.
Club Brugge are reportedly demanding €20 million for him, five million over his market value of €15 million, possibly due to him having a contract that expires in 2025.
Vanaken could well and truly be another Tomas Soucek-esque signing by David Moyes, who is keen to add to his squad especially with the increasing prospect of playing European football next season.
Therefore, adding a player that is experienced on the European stage would be a very astute signing, especially with the versatility that Vanaken offers, being able to play in central midfield, attacking midfield, and possibly even as a striker.
Vanaken has 11 goals and seven assists in 36 games in all competitions this season, in what has been another fine season for the Belgian.