In Focus: Lanzini deal to boost slow transfer window for West Ham United

West Ham United are confident that Manuel Lanzini will sign a new contract, according to the London Evening Standard.

What’s the word?

The East London outfit have been relatively quiet in the transfer window so far this summer.

They have acquired just the one signing, in the form of full-back Pablo Zabaleta, who joined on a free from Manchester City at the end of last season.

The club have been busy tying down their current crop of stars, with Pedro Obiang and Angelo Ogbonna recently signing new deals.

The London Evening Standard claims that Lanzini is likely to be the next first-team player to pen fresh terms.

It is believed that the Argentine will become one of the club’s top earners with a wage packet of £70,000 a week.

How important is Lanzini?

The 24-year-old showed last season that he can be West Ham’s main man for the upcoming campaign.

He impressed in his initial loan spell at the club, and as a result joined from Al Jazira permanently in 2016.

In his first taste of Premier League football, Lanzini scored six goals and two assist in 26 outings.

The midfielder netted eight times and produced two assists in 35 appearances last season, and he managed to step up to the plate after Dimitri Payet’s departure in January.

While it was a blow to lose the Frenchman, it gave Lanzini an opportunity to take on that creative role, and five of his eight goals were scored in 2017.

If the Argentine decides to pen to paper, it could encourage other players to join the Hammers.

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