Everton have entered the race to sign £20m rated Belgium international Leander Dendoncker, according to a reliable journalist.
Kristof Terreur of HLN, a prominent Belgian journalist, announced the news on his Twitter platform that the Toffees had been offered the Anderlecht midfielder and could be in the running for the player’s signature due to the good relationship between the two sides.
The Merseysider’s signed Henry Onyekuru from KAS Eupen for £7million last summer and immediately loaned the 20-year-old out to the Belgian champions.
But this latest information would pour water over previous suggestions from an insider at the London Stadium who revealed on social media that the Hammers were close to a deal for the 22-year-old after the Premier League side were present to watch the midfielder against Genk at the weekend.
Something that was expected to pop-up, seen the good relationships: West Ham watched him, but Leander Dendoncker has been offered to Everton too. An Onyekuru scenario: buy him and loan him back to Anderlecht? #efc #whufc pic.twitter.com/4Ma9tem3CX
— Kristof Terreur ???? (@HLNinEngeland) January 26, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Dendoncker will likely move this transfer window – the only question is where? The newest revelations regarding Everton seem to have come from left-field but with Morgan Schneiderlin failing to live up to expectations at Goodison Park, the Belgian would seem a good fit in the side. And if the Toffees agreed to loan the midfielder back to the Belgian’s, this could be a deal that worked for all parties. However, the Hammers are more desperate for defensive minded players with a host of injuries to a number of their key players as they make a fist to stay in the Premier League.
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