By Daniel Feliciano

16th Aug, 2022 | 4:40pm

West Ham United bid for Hans Vanaken laughed off, Club Brugge want at least double

Club Brugge “laughed off” West Ham United’s opening bid for Hans Vanaken and want at least double to sell him, according to reports by Nieuwsblad and 90min.

David Moyes is looking to bolster his midfield options this summer after the retirement of Mark Noble and Alex Kral’s exit, and Vanaken has emerged as a priority target as a goalscoring option.

However an initial bid of €10m (£8.4m) bid was rejected out of hand by the Belgian club and laughed off, although the Hammers are expected to return with a new bid soon.

According to 90min Club Brugge are holding out for at least double that offer to let the 29-year-old leave the club, but West Ham are hopeful of agreeing a deal worth around £12.6m plus future bonuses in add-ons.

Vanaken is open to an exit according to Nieuwsblad, but Brugge don’t want to sell him after losing Charles De Ketelaere to AC Milan earlier in the window and are under no financial pressure to sell.

Goals

Something West Ham have been criticised for in recent seasons is not having enough goals in their team, from the striker or otherwise.

Jarrod Bowen did really well last season, and Tomas Soucek the year prior to that, but ultimately the goals don’t get shared out nearly enough. Vanaken could potentially help that.

The experienced midfielder has scored ten plus goals in all competitions every year for the last 11 consecutive seasons and his ability to play as a number ten or as a number eight would be a big help to the team.

Obviously Brugge are going to want to keep hold of a player so experienced and vital, but at 29-years-old a move to the Premier League could be his last chance to play at the highest level and that could be a big help to their pursuit for the player.

With just two weeks remaining in the transfer window this is a deal that will have to move quickly if West Ham want to get it done, and they absolutely want to get it done.

West Ham have already done a deal for Thilo Kehrer, while Emerson Palmieri is also a prime target for the defence as David Moyes looks to bolster the squad.