Report: West Ham and Everton want Champions League wonderkid
CalcioMercato says West Ham and Everton are two of four clubs looking to sign Club Brugge wonderkid Charles De Ketelaere, ahead of January.
The 20-year-old threw his name into the headlines when he came off the bench to score for Belgium – during a Nations League third-place play-off.
His good run of form continues after netting four goals and three assists in 13 league and cup appearances for Brugge during 21-22.
His stats are impressive given he has been used up top, out wide and as a 10 so far. He has starred in the Champions League, with an assist at Leipzig.
De Ketelaere’s form is not going under the radar. Reports claim that both West Ham and Everton are keen, as are Serie A duo Napoli and Milan.
West Ham and Everton eye De Ketelaere: Where’s best for Belgian?
Right now, one would argue that continuing to impress with Brugge – winning league titles and playing in the Champions League, is best.
It probably is. But if De Ketelaere wants to test himself and reach the next level domestically, a move to Italy or England is best for the wonderkid.
At Napoli and Milan, De Ketelaere may find he struggles to get necessary game time – even though the latter do place plenty of faith in youth.
Competitions for places is large. Everton are lacking European football, reducing that game time – but West Ham need options and have Europe.
The London Stadium, then, might be the perfect destination for De Ketelaere. Football Transfers say he is rated at £22million.