Manuel Lanzini can clinch his eight million euros move to the club over the next 12 weeks as he bids to fill the massive hole left behind by Dimitri Payet’s absence.
The 22 year old is set to grow up fast as he becomes playmaker-in-chief during the French star’s lay off and his amazing goal in the last match against Everton could even be an indication of greater things to come.
The Hammers had all but made up their minds to activate the option they have agreed with his parent club Al Jaziera a the end of the season but will be under pressure now to sort it out in January.
Should the player produce the sort of form which minimise the loss of Payet then the Hammers could go in earlier than they had planned,
We were told: “Eight million sounds expensive but this boy s showing it to be cheap and if he produces what we hope then it will be an absolute bargain.
“It’s better to judge over an entire season but if he comes though this period with flying colours then it could happen in January.
“But as we have said before the fee agreed is agreed and the deal is unbreakable – we are certain of that.”