By Sam Stone

19th Aug, 2022 | 10:10am

West Ham United progress in move for Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken

West Ham United are progressing in their move for Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken despite having an opening bid rejected for the 29-year-old, according to journalist Dean Jones.

90min reported (16 August) that the Hammers had an opening £8.5million bid rejected for the Club Brugge man.

However, it’s understood that West Ham are set to return with another offer for Vanaken and journalist Sacha Tavolieri reported (via Twitter, 18 August) that the 29-year-old’s advisors are pushing for Brugge to sanction his exit.

It has since been suggested by Bleacher Report journalist Jones that their move for the midfielder is now progressing.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT on Thursday 18 August: “Vanaken, from Brugge, is quite an interesting one.

“I got mixed reports on it initially, but it does seem one that they are progressing.”

This could happen

This looks like a move that could gain momentum for West Ham in the coming days and weeks with Vanaken seemingly keen on a move to the Premier League.

David Moyes is set for a busy end to the transfer window with the club still targeting a number of positions to polish off their summer business.

A left-back and potentially another central defender are probably the club’s priority at the moment, but Moyes would certainly not be against adding another attacking player to his ranks.

Vanaken managed 15 goals for Brugge in the 2021/22 season in all competitions and has demonstrated over a number of years his ability to be a threat from midfield.

West Ham could stand a chance of landing Vanaken, with the 29-year-old potentially viewing the Hammers’ interest as his last chance to move to the Premier League.

As long as the Irons don’t go overboard in their attempts to sign Vanaken and stay within their financial constraints then bringing him to the London Stadium could be an astute piece of business by the club.