According to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad (via Sports Witness), West Ham could be forced to complete a deal for Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker following the knee injury to Pedro Obiang.
Manager David Moyes has been left to sweat the fitness of the Spaniard after he was stretchered off during weekend’s F.A Cup loss to Wigan Athletic.
With the possibility of losing his services to a long spell on the injury sidelines, bringing in another defensive midfielder is now top priority.
Moyes has been hesitant in allowing West Ham seal a deal for Dendoncker, even though chief scout Tony Henry is convinced the 22-year-old Belgium international would be a good signing.
Anderlecht will only sell him for £23million, but the Hammers can land him for £13million if they are willing to loan him back till the end of the campaign.
However, that proposition will no longer be possible as Dendoncker is needed to replace Obiang pronto.