By Sam Stone

18th Aug, 2022 | 10:35am

West Ham United: Club Brugge set to offer Hans Vanaken new contract

Club Brugge are set to offer Hans Vanaken a new contract in a bid to stave off the advances of West Ham United according to The Daily Mail.

DPG Media journalist Tomas Taecke revealed (via Twitter, 16 August) that the Club Brugge captain is open to a move to the London Stadium.

However, it’s understood that the Jupiler League side are emphatic in their stance on the midfielder, with a transfer in the next couple of weeks very unlikely.

The Mail reported in its print edition (pg 79, 18 August) that Brugge are now set to offer the 29-year-old a new contract.

Looks unlikely

This one doesn’t look like it is going to get off the ground for West Ham and David Moyes.

The midfielder would certainly add a goal threat to Moyes’ squad, but at 29, he is approaching a part of his career where his performance could well drop off.

At present, a left-back and another central midfielder should be at the top of the West Ham boss’ wish list for the remaining weeks of the window.

West Ham have plenty of options when it comes to the attacking midfield positions and Moyes should probably be looking to allocate his budget elsewhere.

Vanaken may well be open to a move to the Premier League, but Club Brugge’s stance is very clear and it looks like it would take a big bid to prise the midfielder away.

The Hammers have spent big this summer and it now seems that the club are looking for value in the window.

Overpaying on a 29-year-old attacking midfielder is not the answer.