Club Brugge are allegedly lining up a replacement for reported West Ham United target Hans Vanaken.

That’s according to Nieuwsblad journalist David Van den Broeck who claims that the Hammers have increased their £8.5 million bid for the 29-year-old.

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West Ham boss David Moyes is ‘crazy’ about Vanaken and wants to bring him to the London Stadium before the transfer window closes.

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The Scot needs to sign an attacking midfielder as a matter of urgency now. West Ham have made a shambolic start to the 2022/23 season and are in desperate need of some new blood.

And it seems as though Vanaken could be the next new signing through the door at the London Stadium…

West Ham boost as Club Brugge line up Vanaken replacement

Nieuwsblad journalist David Van den Broeck claims that the Belgian outfit are about to sign a ‘fully-fledged’ replacement for the 29-year-old.

We’ve repeatedly insisted that the Belgian midfielder is far from our first choice. But let’s face it, he’ll be better than what Moyes currently has at his disposal.

The Belgian bagged 16 goals and seven assists in 45 games in the 2020/21 season and racked up 15 goals and 12 assists in 50 outings last term (Transfermarkt).

Standing at 6ft 5in tall, Vanaken is a real unit and has the kind of physicality needed to succeed in the Premier League.

Club Brugge are lining up a replacement for West Ham target Hans Vanaken
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There is one problem as far as we’re concerned though. The Club Brugge midfielder will be 30 later this month. That obviously doesn’t correlate with the Red Bull Model that David Moyes supposedly wants to implement at the London Stadium.

Moving to the Premier League from the Belgian league and succeeding is a tough ask for anybody. Let alone someone who is touching 30.

It will certainly be a tough challenge for the 29-year-old.

We have our doubts, but if Moyes does end up bringing Vanaken to West Ham, we will get behind him 100%.

Read other West Ham news:

Report: Moyes now eyeing move to sign £95k-a-wk winger who ‘wants to join West Ham’

Report: West Ham now want to sign £15m 2019 Europa League winner from PL rivals

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