Report: Tottenham make contact with rivals and join three-way race for £30m-rated PL star
By Matt Bullin
Tottenham are interested in signing Manuel Lanzini from London rivals West Ham in the summer, according to a report.
The Mirror claims Spurs have “made contact” with the Hammers about a potential summer move for the 24-year-old, with Liverpool and Arsenal also circling.
To try and deter interest from the Premier League’s elite, the Hammer have placed a £30million price tag on his head.
West Ham are also willing to offer him an improved contract to stay at the London Stadium, however it will likely pail compared to the £100,000-a-week+ wages that clubs from the upper end of the Premier League could offer him.
West Ham signed Lanzini initially on loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira last season, before making the deal permanent in the summer.
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The report claims Jurgen Klopp made a bid for the Argentine prior to him signing a permanent deal with the Hammers, however now Spurs are interested too.
Lanzini has scored eight goals and supplied two assists in his 33 Premier League outings this season.
He also has five Argentina-Under 20s caps and two goals to his name.
Football Insider verdict
There is no doubt Lanzini would fit into Spurs’ squad nicely. He is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the front three, as well as a number 10, which fits Pochettino’s system perfectly. The 24-year-old has been West Ham’s top performer since Dimitri Payet’s January departure and the £30million price tag is testament to that. However the price still seems a bit steep for for a player who still has a lot of off-days, and seeing as Spurs are also reportedly interested in Ross Barkley, he could provide a better, cheaper option, given his contract disputes.
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