Het Nieuwsblad are reporting that Genk are interested in signing Anouar Ait El Hadj from Anderlecht. The Mauves have been keen to allow El Hadj to leave on loan, however the league leaders would rather buy the player outright. HNB are stating that the club would be willing to offer the 20 year-old a 4 and a half year deal.
El Hadj has struggled for regular game time this season, despite showing plenty of promise last year. Under Vincent Kompany, the attacking midfielder played 35 games in all competitions, scoring twice and providing one assist. With Kompany gone, El Hadj has seen a dramatic reduction in game time. He has only played seven times for the first team, scoring one goal. His 8 games for the second team in the Challenger Pro League has been a cause of frustration for the player, who felt that he should be getting more chances with the Pro League squad.
The imminent signing of Anders Dreyer from Denmark is likely to also further block a route to the first team for El Hadj.
Anderlecht look set to lose a number of young talents over the winter window. Lucas Stassin has been heavily linked with Lille in Ligue 1, while PSV are apparently interested in bringing in teenage defender Noah Sidiki.