West Ham United have seen a bid for Hans Vanaken rejected as David Moyes looks to bolster his squad in the final stages of the window, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The Hammers are yet to add a new face to their ranks in this window. It does appear that that may be about to change with Vladimir Coufal set to undergo a medical, according to the Mail.
However, the Daily Mail suggests that the Irons have endured frustration in their pursuit of Vanaken.
According to the Mail, West Ham offered £15 million plus add-ons for the 28-year-old. However, Club Brugge have rejected the bid.
It remains to be seen if the Hammers return with an improved offer. But, perhaps worryingly for West Ham fans, it is suggested that Moyes is prepared to hold fire on major signings until January if he cannot get the right players in.
TBR View: West Ham stance looks incredibly risky
The early signs suggest that it is going to be an incredibly turbulent season for the Irons. They have already suffered a couple of extremely alarming defeats.
They were beaten 2-0 at home to Newcastle on the opening day, and their Carabao Cup run ended in abject fashion this week. Everton beat them 4-1 at Goodison Park.
However, their 4-0 victory over Wolves last weekend offers reason for very cautious optimism.
Nevertheless, not making further additions to their squad – presuming Coufal becomes a Hammer – looks a massive risk.
Vanaken has started the season with four goals and two assists in Belgium. If Moyes believes that he is an ideal target – as the Mail suggests – West Ham simply have to put more money on the table.
Moving in January may leave the club with too much work to do.