West Ham United midfielder Manuel Lanzini remains a wanted man this summer.
According to French outlet Foot Mercato, Ligue 1 outfit Marseille are considering a move for the 28-year-old ahead of the upcoming window as Jorge Sampaoli looks to bolster his options in the engine room.
The Argentine was well travelled before this six-year stint in East London, featuring for teams like River Plate, Fluminense and Al-Jazeera but his time is surely coming towards the end at the London Stadium.
He has slipped down the pecking order under David Moyes – for instance, this campaign, he has played just 560 minutes in the Premier League.
Truth be told, the attacking maestro just has not been the same since a serious ACL injury before the 2018 World Cup and it has clearly hindered his performances on the pitch for the Hammers.
So if Marseille were to come forward with a bid for the £9m-rated star, then Moyes and the club’s hierarchy must take what they can for him.
Capped five times by his national side, Lanzini has arguably been stealing a living from the East London club. His minutes on the pitch simply do not justify his reported £75k-per-week wages, a salary that could go towards a vital new signing.
In fact, the 5 foot 6 dynamo – who can play wide and through the middle – is earning more than the bulk of Moyes’ current squad, including regular and star performers such as Tomas Soucek (£45k-per-week), Declan Rice (£55k-per-week) and Michail Antonio (£70k-per-week).
With the Hammers competing in the Europa League next season, the Scot needs strength in depth right across the pitch. Aside from the permanent arrival of Jesse Lingard, a new striker to lessen the burden on the injury-prone Antonio will be top priority.
But with the prospect of the side facing a 50-plus game campaign, Moyes could also so with central defensive, midfield and full-back additions, and even perhaps a new goalkeeper, too.
Offloading someone who has been struggling to justify his place in the team would certainly be a nice boost to the transfer kitty.
Lanzini, in recent times, has been described as “completely ineffective” by Dave Walker and “too anonymous at times,” by Roshane Thomas, so it’s evident that even when he’s given a chance that he’s not good enough.
The Hammers are on the rise, so there’s no time to pay sentiments to a player like Lanzini. Moyes must be ruthless and offload him should any bid come in this summer.
His time is surely up in the claret and blue.