By Wayne Veysey
West Ham are ready to make Manuel Lanzini one of their best-paid players as they prepare to open talks with him over a new contract, Football Insider understands.
The Argentina playmaker, 26, has one year left on his current deal, which also has a two-year option to extend, but the club want to tie him down to a longer-term agreement.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are preparing to offer Lanzini a deal worth £90,000-a-week over five years.
The total cost of the package would be worth more than £23million, bringing Lanzini into line with the likes of 2018 signings Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere, although well short of £140,000-a-week top earner Javier Hernandez.
The Argentine joined West Ham in 2015, initially on loan from Al-Jaziri, before completing a permanent transfer 12 months later.
He has been a first-choice starter throughout his time in east London, with his 111 appearances yielding 21 goals and 18 assists.
The attacking midfielder has started both of West Ham’s Premier League matches this season and provided the assist for Hernandez’s goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
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