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Irons look for Lanzini contract breakthrough

Claret and Hugh Exclusive by Sean Whetstone

West Ham hopes that they can agree on a new contract for Manuel Lanzini within the next fortnight.

There has been a stalemate for some time with the 26-year-old who has less than twelve months left on his standard contract. The club holds a two-year option on Lanzini but wants to tie up a new long term deal to avoid any danger of that option being tested in the courts.

The player is currently believed to be earning around £35,000 a week but will want to see his personal terms at least doubled.

Questioned during a commentary on the match yesterday on which he was acting as a pundit, former Hammer Tony Gale said: “Lanzini is different class…totally. He’s playing on the left but he can play anywhere…just give him the ball. He is absolute quality and could play at the top six – a different level to anyone else on the field.”

Lanzini joined the Hammers on loan in 2015 with the club eventually paying £10.8m to Al-Jazira in the summer of 2016 to make his move permanent. In July 2016 the Argentine player signed a four-year contract with a clause for another two years.

The club had planned to tie him down to a new five-year deal while doubling his wages last summer before his devasting World Cup injury. Lanzini now seems to have returned to his pre-World injury best and both sides have stepped up efforts to get a new contract sorted.

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter
 

3 comments on “Irons look for Lanzini contract breakthrough

  1. When players like Sanchez and cresswell are on bigger wages it makes you wonder who on earth works out the policy of contracts so please pay Manu his worth and get rid of Sanchez and cresswell asp before they cost our club anymore cash and lost points

  2. In Premier League terms, 35k for a player of his ability is incredibly low, but it’s also worth saying that having a player of his ability with a seemingly good attitude is worth or should be worth a lot. He is every bit as valuable as Jack Wilshere on 100k per week. He appears to be taking his pre-season form in to the season and wrapping up his contract sooner rather than later makes sense. Hopefully we are not straining our relationship with a top player and a what seems like a top man.

  3. The club might be using brinkmanship as part of its strategy to limit any increase in Lanzini’s salary. It may be “policy” to try to limit the salary of any player within set limits. But, in this day & age, players of his quality can expect far more than 35k; especially when players of lower ability are on far higher wages. Pay him what he is worth, & stop messing around !

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