WHZ View: West Ham risk missing out on Charles De Ketelaere as Man City join race
West Ham United could be set to battle Manchester City for the signature of Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere from the look of things.
According to CalcioMercato, the Hammers are keen on recruiting the services of the Belgian international, 20, with the likes of AC Milan, Everton and Napoli also keeping tabs on the youngster.
However, Ketelaere’s signature could prove difficult for West Ham to land as Man City have joined the race.
CalcioMercato claim the youngster impressed Pep Guardiola when the Premier League defending champions visited Belgium earlier this week for their Champions League clash.
While the Premier League giants ran out 5-1 winners, Ketelaere did enough to catch the eyes of the Catalan manager, and that is not good news for West Ham.
David Moyes’ side need a long-term replacement for Michail Antonio, 31, and Ketelaere has proven that he can be the perfect successor.
He will be keen to follow in the footsteps of his older international teammates and make the switch to the English top-flight someday.
However, while moving to West Ham will potentially see him play regularly and continue his development, the Etihad Stadium outfit are a more attractive option.
They play regularly in the Champions League and are constant challengers for major silverware every season.
He will be competing with a couple of established stars for playing minutes at Man City without a doubt, but not many players can reject the chance to play for Guardiola.
With 11 goals and 13 assists in 86 appearances for Brugge, and having impressed against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig so far this term, Ketelaere has a bright future ahead of him.
West Ham will be lucky to land such a player, but with Man City now keen, they have a slim chance of landing him.
In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.