West Ham United could be willing to listen to offers for Manuel Lanzini in the January transfer window, according to a recent report.
The Lowdown: Lanzini down the pecking order
There was a time when the Argentine was an undoubted key player for the Irons, proving to be one of the most creative and influential players at the club.
Lanzini’s impact has diminished over time, though, and he has barely started in the Premier League so far this season, earning just 98 minutes of action in the top flight prior to today’s clash against Manchester United.
The 29-year-old is out of contract next summer, at which point he would be allowed to leave West Ham on a free transfer.
The Latest: January exit on the cards
According to Football Insider, though, the Hammers will be willing to let Lanzini leave in January, even being happy to sell him ‘on the cheap’.
An offer of approximately £10m would likely be accepted by the club as they look to raise funds for new signings and get him off their wage bill.
That could be considered a knockdown fee for prospective suitors, with the report claiming that West Ham once valued him at an eye-watering £50m.
The Verdict: Right time to sell
Lanzini’s talent is undeniable, having been hailed as a ‘special player’ by Declan Rice earlier this year, but his lack of top-flight minutes in 2022/23 would suggest that he is not seen as a crucial player anymore.
As he approaches 30, his best days could potentially be behind him, and a fresh challenge in January could end up benefiting everyone equally.
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It would allow Lanzini the chance to be a regular starter elsewhere, getting one more significant move in his career, while West Ham would be selling a £70,000-per-week earner who is fast becoming surplus to requirements and still getting a transfer fee for him before his contract expires.
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