West Ham United are close to securing attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini to a new long-term deal, according to Sky Sports.
The sports news broadcaster claim on their website that despite having an option to extend the Argentinian’s contract by two-years, the Hammers are determined to offer a deal beyond that.
Sky Sports have reported on their live blog (27/08, 11:34 am) that West Ham have now made significant progress and are confident a new deal for Lanizni will be concluded in the near future.
The 26-year-old has started all three games at the beginning of the Premier League season and only has one-year remaining on his current deal.
It was great news that West Ham were closing in on a new deal for Lanzini, but it is even better now that the Hammers are determined to secure the playmaker past the two-year option on his current deal for an extension. The 26-year-old is one of only five players to start every game this season under Pellegrini and has been the standout option for the Hammers going forward, after recovering from injury at the end of the last campaign. The Argentinian has averaged 3.3 key passes per game so far, which is double the amount of the second-highest according to WhoScored. Lanzini has also completed 2,7 dribbles per game, something which is only bettered by attacking full-back Arthur Masuaku who has averaged an impressive 3.5 [WhoScored]. Lanzini is playing with freedom in the final third this season, and would surely be a lot more relaxed if he knew his long-term future was secured at the club, who are also determined to push through a deal.