By Joe Ellis

20th Jun, 2022 | 8:20pm

West Ham United must be ready to pounce for Noa Lang as 'next step' suggested

An attacking player is very much on the agenda for David Moyes and West Ham United but no deals are close to completion just yet.

One player who is being linked with a move to the London Stadium is Club Brugge’s 22-year-old enigma Noa Lang [Mike McGrath] after the Dutch international was involved in 19 goals in the Pro League in the 2021/22 campaign.

The Irons face stern competition from fellow Premier League side Leeds United and Italian champions AC Milan who have the early advantage of Champions League football to offer.

Club Brugge manager, Carl Hoefkens, may have now offered West Ham, and the other clubs in the hunt, a very good indication that Lang’s future, along with that of fellow young star Charles De Ketelaere, is far from certain.

“I hope to keep De Ketelaere here and Noa too,” Hoefkens said, as quoted by Soccer News Netherlands. “But I know there’s a good chance – some more than others – that the next step is coming. We’ll see that in the coming weeks.”

It isn’t much of a surprise to hear that Brugge’s two most significant assets are attracting plenty of interest this summer as one of Belgium’s biggest clubs and we need to try and take advantage of the somewhat discounted goods on offer.

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After such a good campaign playing largely as a winger in the Belgian league, which is not as sub-par as some people may have you believe, a move to West Ham would be the perfect chance for him to really test himself at the top level.

The danger with choosing Milan would be a lack of playing time and the high pressure of the Champions League but with us, he can learn his trade at a high level without that overwhelming pressure.

Of course, he could have even less pressure at Leeds but you have to question if Elland Road is any kind of upgrade whatsoever on Brugge let alone the London Stadium.