West Ham chairman David Sullivan has revealed that the Hammers will make Manu Lanzini’s season long loan from Al Jazira permanent” by February or March”- two months earlier than planned.
ClaretandHugh revealed several weeks ago that the deal was written in tablets of stone and the chairman today confirmed it is set to happen .
He also confirmed our stories that the club had agreed a contract with Rafa Benitez before going for Jurgen Klopp ahead of hiring Slaven Bilic.
He said: “We had agreed a contract (with Benitez). He is a top manager whatever anybody says, and I think he’d have done a wonderful job for us.”
The chairman also piled praise on summer signing Dimitri Payet describing him as “the best player I’ve signed in 25 years” before breaking the Lanzini