West Ham tabled an offer of just an initial £4.4million (€5million) to sign Anderlecht’s defensive midfielder Leander Dendoncker on the morning of deadline day, according to a report.
Belgian publication HLN claim on their website that the Hammers offered the paltry sum for the four-cap Belgium international with a further £8.75million (€10million) to arrive at the end of the season to bring the total fee to an amount in the region of £13.1million (€15million).
However it is said that the Belgian top flight side were looking for no less that £17.5million (€20million) for the 22-year-old’s signature and promptly rejected West Ham’s early approach on the final day of the window, and despite a late effort from the Hammers he remained at his current club, where he has already made 30 appearances this season.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham will be kicking themselves that they did not make a more acceptable offer earlier on in the day, as it looks as though their miserly ways have cost them Dendoncker’s services until at least the summer. That may come as a worry for the Hammers, as if he continues to impress there could well be more illustrious sides in the hunt, willing to splash the cash Anderlecht are demanding. It was not a good window for the club and this news will just infuriate the fans even more, and leave them questioning just how their side is being run by those at the top. Still, there is no point crying over spilled milk and there must be a swell of support for the players at the club as they look to push for a decent finish.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club made a late approach for a rivals’ attacker.