West Ham United Line Up Big Money Move for Club Brugge Star Hans Vanaken

Vanaken is firmly on West Ham’s radar | KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/Getty Images

West Ham United are lining up a move for Club Brugge star Hans Vanaken in the summer transfer window, but the Hammers will have to part with a substantial fee to land the exciting midfielder.

Coach David Moyes is desperate to add some reinforcements to his squad, having lost the opening two games of the season, and he is particularly keen to inject some goals into his midfield alternatives.

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Vanaken in action against Iceland in the Nations League | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

So, Vanaken could be the ideal candidate to save West Ham this season, given he has scored four times and assisted twice in Club Brugge’s opening six matches. The Belgian star has also played his way into the national team of late, and his admirers are growing rapidly.

But a source close to the Hammers has stated that the east London club are preparing a bid for the 28-year-old, ahead of the transfer window’s closure on October 5, according to Football Insider. However, Vanaken’s current contract runs until the summer of 2024, meaning David Sullivan and David Gold will have to stump up a significant sum of cash to land the goalscoring midfielder.

He is considered to be one of the best in his position in Belgium, and boasts an impressive scoring record, bagging 74 goals in 250 appearances and also notching 56 assists. These statistics are hard to ignore for a club like West Ham, who are severely lacking goals in their side – other than the recently prolific Michail Antonio.

Moyes’ West Ham have had a bad start to the new Premier League season | IAN WALTON/Getty Images

Moyes will be concerned by the Irons’ pointless start to the campaign, losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle United on the opening day, then following that up with a late defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Those results have already plunged fans into panic mode, and they could face a real battle to survive this season, should they not bring in some fresh faces.