Hans Vanaken: Club Brugge reject West Ham bid of £13m for midfielder

Czech Republic right-back Vladimir Coufal travelling to London on Thursday morning ahead of £5m move from Slavia Prague

Hans Vanaken
Image: Hans Vanaken has been capped five times by Belgium

West Ham have had a bid in the region of £13m for midfielder Hans Vanaken rejected by Club Brugge.

The 28-year-old, who has five caps for Belgium, impressed in the Belgium Pro League for Brugge scoring 15 times in 35 appearances last season.

However, the Belgian champions are demanding a larger fee for their club captain, whose deal at the club runs until 2024 having signed a new five-year deal last season.

Meanwhile, West Ham manager David Moyes is closing in on the £5m signing of Slavia Prague right-back Vladimir Coufal on a three-year deal.

The Czech Republic international played the full 90 minutes in Slavia's Champions League play-off against FC Midtjylland on Wednesday night and only learned a deal had been reached after full-time.

Vladimir Coufal has won two Czech titles since joining Slavia in 2018 and impressed in his country's 2-1 win over England last year.
Image: Vladimir Coufal has won two Czech titles since joining Slavia in 2018 and impressed in his country's 2-1 win over England last year

Coufal boarded a flight from Denmark to London on Thursday morning and will undergo a medical with the Hammers on Thursday before completing the deal at their Rush Green training ground in the afternoon.

He is expected to compete with Ben Johnson and Ryan Fredericks - once the latter returns from a hamstring injury - for the starting right-back berth.

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West Ham have watched Coufal several times and have been trying to get a deal done for the last few months, with negotiations proving tricky.

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