By Jack Cunningham

16th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

West Ham target Charles De Ketelaere might cost more than £22million

West Ham target and Club Brugge attacker Charles De Ketelaere might cost more than £22million, according to Belgian journalist Mo Messoudi.

Speaking to Gazet van Antwerpen, the reporter revealed that he could see the 20-year-old departing his club for more than the Belgian record transfer fee, which stands at £22million.

The Irons were linked with a move for the tall striker early this week, and it seems as if they are going to have to fork out a huge amount of money if they want to sign him from Brugge [Calciomercato].

He said: “Club Brugge used him smartly last season, and he did not burn out. They allowed him to rest at the right time and put him on the bench. Now, De Ketelaere is reaping the benefits.

“As an attacking all-rounder, he’s even (Club Brugge’s) top scorer.

“For me, De Ketelaere is the most valuable player in Belgium at the moment. I am sure he will break the outgoing transfer record set by Jeremy Doku.”

High praise indeed for De Ketelaere.

The 20-year-old versatile forward has scored four goals and provided a further three assists this season, and he looks like he could be a force to be reckoned with for many years.

Considering he is just 20, there seems to be a huge amount of potential there, and it will be intriguing to see if the Irons make a move for him in January or if they wait until next summer.

Either way, the versatile forward looks like he could be ready-made for the Premier League, and if the Hammers were to splash out over £22million on him, then you would think they could at least double their money if he did well.

Certainly, we believe that De Ketelaere fits David Moyes’ new transfer policy of buying young and hungry talent.

Yes, he might cost a bit, but he looks to be going only one way, and that is up, so we believe that it could be worth it, and we hope the Irons make a move for De Ketelaere.

In other West Ham news, Declan Rice appears as if he won’t be moving to Newcastle United.

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