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Derisory bid cost West Ham chance to land Anderlecht whizkid Dendoncker

West Ham United tried to sign Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker for just £4.4m, Belgian newspaper HLN has claimed.

The initial payment would have been increased by £8.75m in the summer.

Hammers fans were furious when they learned a deal for Dendoncker hadn't gone through, reportedly because there wasn't time for a medical.

But now it has been revealed that a paltry transfer fee also contributed to the move failing apart. It is expected that West Ham will return for Dendoncker in the summer.

The 22-year-old is highly rated in Europe and has been scouted by the likes of Manchester United.

He is a chance to make Roberto Martinez's Belgium squad for the World Cup. And if he performs well, the amount of £4.4m would seem minuscule.

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