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Wolves star David Moyes wanted to bring to West Ham raves about Hammers revolution and lauds duo

When Wolverhampton Wanderers face West Ham United on Monday night Leander Dendoncker could easily have been lining up for the other side.

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West Ham boss David Moyes was seriously interested in Dendoncker during his first spell at the club.

The Hammers tried to sign the versatile star in January 2018. Moyes even sent West Ham assistant Stuart Pearce to scout Dendoncker playing for Anderlecht – a sure sign the Scot is honing in on a player he likes (The Sun).

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Moyes wanted Dendoncker and even sent Pearce to scout star ahead of deal before Hammers boss was let go

A deal did not materialise, though, and it was reported West Ham would sign Dendoncker in the summer instead.

Moyes was not retained, though, and the Belgian ended up at Wolves instead in a £12million deal after an initial loan spell.

Dendoncker has proved a shrewd signing, and will make his 112th Wolves appearance against West Ham in just three seasons.

West Ham have moved on and Moyes has turned a relegation threatened team into Champions League hopefuls.

Indeed victory for the Hammers over Wolves at Molineux will put Moyes’s boys back into fourth spot with eight games to go.

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Moyes working wonders at Champions League chasing West Ham and Dendoncker is suitably impressed

But what does the man who could so easily have been lining up for West Ham make of the high-flying east Londoners?

Well it is safe to say he has been hugely impressed. Particularly with the players occupying the position he would have filled in the Hammers midfield (Wolves website).

“West Ham have showed that they are a really good team this season,” Dendoncker told the Wolves website ahead of the game.

“Their consistency has been key for them throughout this season. I think every week they are ready to battle and have good balance in their team, and I don’t think they’ve had many injuries.

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‘Soucek and Rice give quality West Ham a really good balance’

“I played against him (Tomas Soucek) last week for Belgium against the Czech Republic and he was doing the same over there (as he does for West Ham).

“Just trying to get into the box every time there is a cross and he’s the extra body in the box, which makes it hard for the defence because you don’t know who has to take him, whether it’s a midfielder or a defender.

“Then you have Declan Rice as well who’s staying there for the balance, so they have a really good balance in their team, a lot of qualities, and I think that’s why they are up there in the ranking as well, but we have to just try and focus on our own team.”

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