Both Crystal Palace and West Ham have been heavily linked with moves for Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker since January’s transfer window opened, leading the 23-year-old to admit that he’ll keeping in constant contact with his agent throughout the upcoming Belgian World Cup campaign.
Despite having just four full caps to his name, Leander was given a place on the plane to Russia by boss Roberto Martinez and although he insists he is fully focussed on performing well for his country over the next four weeks, he has admitted that his agent will be able to get hold of him, should any major movement occur in relation to his immediate future.
Having reportedly been unhappy at Anderlecht’s refusal to let him leave at the turn of the year, Dendoncker has now been quoted as saying that he is not “100% sure” that a move away from the Belgian’s will take place this summer, hinting that the defensively minded midfielder isn’t quite as desperate to make the leap into the English top flight as he once was.
Standing at 6’2, there is every chance that Leander will impress those watching around the world if he is indeed given the chance to shine by Martinez. Of course, given the strength Belgium already have at their disposal in midfield, he’s unlikely to start many if any of their games but even so, his mere presence out in Russia should alert a large number of scouts to his potential for improvement in years to come.
As we said earlier this morning regarding links between Palace and Celtic midfielder Staurt Armstrong, the loss of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not to mention the potential departure of Yohan Cabaye, will have left Roy Hodgson desperate to bolster his options in the middle of the park ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Dendoncker is undoubtedly on our radar, now it’s just a case of waiting to see whether or not we decide to lodge a formal bid for his services with Anderlecht.