West Ham deal for Lanzini is definitely on the cards - report
By Harry Sykes
West Ham are preparing to offer Manuel Lanzini a new contract to keep him out of the clutches of rival clubs, according to a report.
Hammers news site Claret & Hugh claim that the Londoners are set to tie their dazzling Argentine playmaker down in a new five-year deal to ward off interest from elsewhere.
It is said that contract negotiations could begin as early as January and that fresh terms will “definitely be offered” but there is “no hurry” following the club’s stuttering start to the new campaign.
The Sun have reported that Lanzini will sign an £85,000-a-week contract to stay at the London Stadium until 2022, a deal worth over £22million in total.
They claim that the Hammers were “desperate” to tie the player down after he was linked with Liverpool when there were strong doubts as to whether Philippe Coutinho would stay beyond the summer window.
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Lanzini, who is currently out injured, signed permanently for West Ham from Al-Jazira last summer for £10.8million after initially joining in the summer of 2015 on a season-long loan.
He has made 74 appearances for the Hammers across all competitions, scoring 15 goals and adding seven assists.
The two-times Argentina international is contracted to West Ham until the summer of 2020.
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