By Danny Wright
Tottenham are in the hunt for West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Lanzini, 24, as is newly appointed Hammers boss David Moyes, who is looking to build his team around the two-times Argentina international.
It is understood that Pochettino has been tracking Lanzini ever since he scored against Tottenham at White Hart Lane two years ago.
The former River Plate attacking midfielder is believed to be earning £35,000-a-week in his contract at the London Stadium and is easily one of West Ham’s most important players.
After returning from a knee injury, Lanzini has made seven appearances across all competitions this season, scoring one goal and supplying two assists.
He isn’t the only playmaker that Spurs have been recently linked with as the Mirror has also recently reported that Everton’s Ross Barkley is on high on their wishlist ahead of January.
Football Insider Verdict
Tottenham still need a bit of extra strength in depth, especially as they will be delving into the Champions League knock-out rounds after the January transfer window slams shut. Spurs also want to do their best to maintain a serious challenge in the FA Cup and to do that they need a couple of high-quality players to come in and let them rotate the squad to compete on multiple fronts. The likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen can’t play every single game so someone like Lanzini would be a good buy. Barkley may be a better option though as he’s English and could be available on the cheap as his contract expires soon.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have been handed yet another key player injury blow.