West Ham United fans will be buying another round of drinks to celebrate the news that on-loan Manuel Lanzini would like to sign for the Hammers on a permanent deal, according to the Daily Mail.
The attacking midfielder was signed from United Arab Emirates side Al Jazira on a season long loan deal by new West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic during the summer and, despite his relatively unknown standing in world football, Lanzini has managed to announce himself in England since his arrival with a host of quality performances.
The 22-year old has contributed to the Hammers’ positive start to the season, having scored 5 goals in 15 appearances so far this campaign.
On the back of his impressive introduction to the Premier League, it was reported that Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool were interested in signing the Argentine on a permanent deal next season, with West Ham left fearing that they could potentially miss out on acquiring the signature of one of their most influential players.
However, West Hams around the Tavern can now breathe a sigh of relief after Lanzini revealed to the Daily Mail that he intends to stay put with the Hammers beyond the end of the current campaign. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Lanzini said:
“I hope to be sitting here next season in this dressing room. It’s what I want. When you’re at a club and feeling like you have an important role, you want to stay. But I am focused on this season. I have six or seven months of my loan to run so we’ll see what happens.”
When asked about the Hammers’ scheduled move into the Olympic Stadium next season, Lanzini explained that he is looking forward to moving into their new home and that it would provide a ‘boost’ to the side.
“This is going to give West Ham a boost. As a stadium, it’s fantastic — the facilities around the complex. It will be great for the players and fans alike. I hope we can do our bit to live up to the setting.”
West Ham fans, how much of a priority is signing Lanzini permanently? Let us know in the comments below!