West Ham have ‘rebuffed’ Leeds United’s interest in Manuel Lanzini, according to a fresh report that has emerged.
The Lowdown: Lanzini struggles for playing time
The Hammers have enjoyed an impressive season to date but the 28-year-old has failed to force his way into David Moyes’ plans on a regular basis.
Lanzini has only started three Premier League matches so far in 2021/22, scoring twice and registering one assist in that time.
With Leeds looking for potential January reinforcements, it seems as though Leeds are eyeing up a move for the Argentine next month, who scored the Irons’ goal of the season last term with a stunning late equaliser against Tottenham.
The Latest: Leeds offer rejected
According to TEAMtalk, West Ham have turned down ‘a number of enquiries’ for Lanzini, with the Whites one of the clubs mentioned.
Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Everton and Southampton are all seen as possible suitors, too, with the midfielder’s current Hammers deal expiring in the summer of 2023, meaning they are running out of time to make a significant transfer fee on a sale.
The Verdict: Strong option for Whites
Lanzini may not be a vital player for West Ham currently but he is someone who could make a big difference at Leeds, adding guile in the middle of the park.
The five-cap Argentina international has chipped in with 25 goals and assists apiece in 177 Hammers appearances, and with the Whites struggling for goals, he can add a sprinkling of magic in the final third.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have only scored 18 goals in as many league games this season, highlighting the need for some creative magic in the middle of the park, and Lanzini can be that man, having been hailed as ‘wonderful’ by Darren Bent in the past.
In other news, Leeds are set to make an offer for one player. Find out who it is here.
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