According to Belgian newspaper HLN, one of West Ham and Everton can land Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker for £13million if they agree to loan him back for the rest of the season.
The £23million-rated 22-year-old prefers to move to the London club, but the Hammers’ fading interest could see the Toffees beat them to his signature.
West Ham boss David Moyes is renowned for his habit of dithering on transfers from his Goodison Park days, and his constant struggles to make up his mind on time led to a lot of deals happening right at the end of windows.
It was the reason why Manchester United eventually paid £27.5million in September 2013 for Marouane Fellaini, when they could have paid £5.5million less if Moyes made up his mind on time before the Belgian’s £22million buyout clause expired in July.
The Scot wants another defensive midfielder, but he is undecided on Dendoncker, and Everton are ready to make a swoop.
The box-to-box Belgium international midfielder will complete a Premier League move sooner or later given his top quality and potential, but dithering Moyes could scupper West Ham’s chances.