West Ham keen to address Lanzini future

According to the London Evening Standard, West Ham United will look to tie Manuel Lanzini to a new contract once the Hammers have confirmed Premier League survival.

What’s the story?

Lanzini has a contract with West Ham until the summer of 2020, but the Argentina international has previously been linked with a move to Liverpool.

The Reds may well reignite their interest in the versatile attacker at the end of the season, and it is understood that the Hammers are keen to improve Lanzini’s wages at the London Stadium.

According to the London Evening Standard, the London club will open contract talks with the Argentine once they have secured their spot in next season’s Premier League.

David Moyes’ side suffered a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal last time out to leave them down in 15th position, and they are actually only six points clear of the relegation zone ahead of matches against Manchester City, Leicester City, Manchester United and Everton to finish the season.

How important is Lanzini to West Ham?

The 25-year-old joined West Ham from Al Jazira Club in 2015 – initially on loan – and it would be fair to say that he has been an absolute revelation at the Premier League outfit.

Indeed, Lanzini scored 15 times in his first two seasons with the club, and despite struggling with injury this term, has managed three goals and nine assists in 25 appearances.

There is no question that West Ham are a better team when Lanzini features, and Moyes – if given the chance – will look to build his side around the attacker next season.

It would not be a surprise to see Liverpool return with an offer this summer, but the former River Plate youngster would not be guaranteed first-team football at Anfield.

Lanzini will more than likely travel with the Argentina squad to the 2018 World Cup, and it is absolutely vital that West Ham address his future as soon as possible.