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West Ham United have stepped up their pursuit of Leander Dendoncker, according to Sky Sports News.

The Hammers have sent representatives to watch him in action as they take a very keen interest in the young Belgian.

According to Belgian journalist┬áKristof Terreur of HLN, West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce was present in Belgium to run the rule over Dendoncker in Anderlecht’s 1-0 win away at Genk.

It is no secret that West Ham are looking to bolster their central midfield options this month and they have been linked with a number of players, such as Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey, Inter Milan’s Joao Mario, Stoke City’s Joe Allen and Bournemouth’s Harry Arter among others.

Dendoncker is another major target for West Ham as they look to poach the defensive midfielder from Anderlecht in a similar manner to when they snapped up Cheikhou Kouyate from the Belgian giants.

The 22-year-old boasts over 150 senior appearances already, including Champions League experience, as well as versatility as he is also able to play as a centre back.

The Belgium international, who is expected to make Roberto Martinez’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in the summer, is said to be keen on a move to The London Stadium.