West Ham United remain in ‘pole position’ to sign Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker but face a fight with Lyon for his signature this summer, according to RMC Sport.
The Hammers were touted with a move for the Belgium international in the January transfer window and a deal to bring him to the London Stadium seemed plausible at one point.
However, West Ham’s hierarchy could not close the deal to sign Dendoncker, who stayed with Anderlect for the remainder of the campaign.
The all-action central midfielder is a rising star of the Belgian game and highly rated around the continent after his impressive club showings domestically and in Europe.
West Ham are expected to be busy this summer in their efforts to add strength in depth to their playing squad.
A central midfielder will certainly be a priority for new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has limited options in the centre of the park.
While the West Ham board could not get a deal for Dendoncker over the line while David Moyes was in charge, there will be hopes that the South American coach will be something of a drawcard for possible new recruits.
However, if there is any truth in the latest report, the Hammers will have to beat Lyon – who have Champions League football next season – to the Belgian’s signature.