By Azeem Siddiqui

16th Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

Club Brugge not keen on letting West Ham target Hans Vanaken leave this summer

West Ham suffered a setback in pursuit of Belgian outfit Club Brugge’s attacking midfielder Hans Vanaken, according to Nieuwsblad.

The Hammers are in the market to sign players to bolster the midfield in the ongoing transfer window.

As per the latest report, the Irons made a bid of £8.4 million to sign the midfielder but the Belgian club rejected the offer.

The report further stated Brugge’s management consider the departure of the Belgium international ‘out of question’.

It is believed that while the bid has been rejected, the player is open to a move away from the club which might keep the London-based club interested in returning with an improved offer.

Another report from the same website confirmed that West Ham are expected to return with another offer for the player.

Important player

West Ham arrived in the transfer market hoping to sign players for a number of positions for the 2022-23 season.

One of the key areas where manager David Moyes would’ve been extremely keen to bolster was the midfield department which was weakened after the departure of Mark Noble, who retired from football, and Alex Kral, who left the club on a season-long loan.

Therefore, it is important that the Irons make a signing of someone like Vanaken who has ample amount of experience of playing at the highest level, something which would be extremely beneficial for the squad.

The 29-year-old has been a Brugge player since the summer of 2015 when he moved from KSC Lokeren in a deal worth £3.83 million.

Since then, he has represented his current club in 343 matches across all competitions where he has managed to score 102 times and provided 73 assists in the process [Transfermarkt].