West Ham & Leander Dendoncker
Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws has a new interview with Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker on Wednesday.
During the January transfer window, reports circulated that West Ham were trying to sign the RSCA international.
Indeed, Stuart Pearce, the West Ham coach, was a confirmed spectator at Genk 0 – Anderlecht 1.
Who is Leander Dendoncker?
Dendoncker, a 22-year-old defensive midfielder who has also been utilised as a defender in the past.
Dendoncker is under contract at Anderlecht until 2021, while it’s was widely claimed that the Belgiums were seeking 20 million euros for their star.
So why didn’t the deal happen?
West Ham’s low ball offer revealed
It’s now been confirmed that West Ham failed to sign Dendoncker for financial reasons.
The Hammers only offered around £13 million for the midfielder, while that offer was broken down into instalments.
Indeed, the first payment was only going to be £4.4 million.
No wonder Anderlecht turned the deal down!
For the record, in his Het Laatste Nieuws interview, Dendoncker confirmed he was keen on making the switch to the Irons.
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) February 7, 2018
Stoke’s Joe Allen
West Ham owner David Sullivan revealed on Monday that the Hammers tried and failed to sign Stoke’s Joe Allen in January.
Sullivan made his comments during an interview on TalkSport.
Of course, cutting to the chase, West Ham failed to lure Allen from the Bet365 Stadium.
And that’s after the Irons were prepaid to break their club transfer record offering 25 million pounds on the Welsh international.
Allen joined Stoke from Liverpool in July 2016. The 27-year-old has made 29 appearances this season, scoring four goals.