Jurgen Klopp will get a first hand look at the player he allegedly wanted to sign in January at the Boleyn this weekend – Manuel Lanzini.
The little Argentinian – who appeared to such effect after the break against Southampton – was regularly linked with an Anfield move a few weeks ago and until very recently.
As we reported at the time it was never going to happen and chairman David Sullivan announced on Monday that he would be completing the signing of the midfielder in February or March.
The Hammers have bought out his contract from Al Jaziera and will add a further four years to the two still remaining as part of the deal which will make him one of our prize assets.
Former Hammers central defender Tony Gale is delighted telling ClaretandHugh exclusively: “It’s terrific to see a ball carrying midfielder who can make things happen in the team and I hope he and Payet – if he gets the expected call-up for Liverpool – help give us the double over them.
” It was really good to see the lad back against Saints. I was commenting on the game for one of the TV channels and he clearly made so much difference.
“This is as good a group of players as we’ve had at the club for a long time and when they are all back and firing it could lead to a fantastic finish to our season. In the meantime the double over Liverpool would be just perfect.”