West Ham United have made a fabulous start to life under new manager Slaven Bilic and are now looking to the January transfer window to ensure they maintain their position in the league, as reported by The Mirror.
Before considering new recruits, The Mirror claim their first area of business will be making the loan signing of Manuel Lanzini into a permanent deal.
The London club are worried his impressive form has attracted the attention of rival teams. The Argentine is currently contracted to UAE based club Al Jazira, who value the 22-year-old at £8m.
The Hammers are hoping that by moving early they can bring the price down but it’s a dangerous game to play when other clubs are also interested. It could inadvertently open up a bidding war.
Bilic has already lost Lanzini once, as he recently told the Daily Star: “We wanted him last year at Besiktas but it just didn’t work out.”
So it would be even more disappointing if he lost him again after helping develop Lanzini into one of the Premier League’s most promising talents.