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West Ham poised to offer Manuel Lanzini new five-year contract

West Ham United are set to offer Manuel Lanzini a new contract this summer, per the Daily Mirror.

What’s the word?

Lanzini has attracted interest from Fenerbahce in recent weeks and the Hammers are keen to ensure that he remains in east London.

The Argentina international struggled with injury throughout the 2018-19 season and did not make his first appearance for the club until February.

Thereafter, however, he made 10 appearances in the Premier League, scoring once, and the Hammers do not want him to depart for Turkey.

They are subsequently said to be lining up the offer of a five-year contract, with his current deal set to expire in 2020. The Hammers do hold a two-year option to extend that, however.

Football FanCast understands that Liverpool have kept tabs on Lanzini in the past and could formalise their interest with a bid this summer, adding to the club’s desire to tie the playmaker down to fresh terms.

An example for Arnautovic

This should serve as a lesson to striker Marko Arnautovic.

The Austria international wanted to leave the club in the January transfer window and was press-ganged into signing a new deal that includes a £45m release clause.

He downed tools, thereafter, though, and went 11 Premier League games without a goal.

Lanzini has done the exact opposite, emerging from injury hell to get back into the team, prove his worth, and he capped it with a fine goal in the final game of the season against Watford.

Arnautovic could learn a thing or two from his team-mate, who has shown loyalty and earned the reward of a new contract instead of being forced to sign one merely to save face.

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