In their chase for midfielder Leander Dendoncker, West Ham have been given hope, with the Anderlecht player reportedly interested in a move to East London.
With Dendoncker on the transfer shortlist, David Moyes is keen to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, as a central midfielder is his priority.
Since making his debut for Belgium in 2015, he has gone on to make four caps and has scored 10 goals for his current side in 155 appearances.
He was watched by assistant manager Stuart Pearce [who was at Genk] over the weekend to see the midfielder star in a 1-0 win.
It’s been reported by Belgian outlet DH report that the 22-year-old “dreams” of a move to West Ham (something to get fans hyped up I suppose) with playing in the Premier League an enticing challenge.
It’s also been added that any possible transfer is likely to drag on until the penultimate week of the transfer window. The Belgian outfit are thought to have stuck a €20 million (£17 million) price tag on the West Ham target, and will only agree to sell if they have sufficient time to sign a replacement.
Following the news of Marko Arnautovic set to miss games with a hamstring problem, the urgency for reinforcements has increased.
The Austrian has relished a sparkling run of form in recent weeks, but West Ham fans will be feeling a little low to learn that he and Manuel Lanzini will be in the treatment room after both players picked up injuries during the 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Moyes reiterated that his side are searching for additions, but a move for William Carvalho (whom the club attempted to sign last summer) has been shut down and hints were made about the difficulty of signing Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan.
Besides Dendoncker, the East London outfit are also on the lookout for Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz, with David Moyes returning to Spain to watch him in action against Barcelona.