Five things you didn't know about West Ham-linked Manuel Lanzini

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West Ham have been linked with former River Plate midfielder Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham have made a move for exciting Al Jazira Club and Argentine playmaker Manuel Lanzini, as per the Mirror.

The Hammers are reportedly seeking a loan deal for the 22-year-old, which would include an option to buy if he can impress the Upton Park faithful. 

Here are five things you might not have known about the Argentine youngster:

1) Lanzini was 17-years-old when he made his River Plate debut, one of the two Buenos Aires-based giants of Argentine football. He quickly had the tag of 'next big thing' thrust upon him, which saw him follow in the footsteps of some of the game's greats; the likes of Enzo Francescoli, Pablo Aimar, Marcelo Gallardo and Ariel Ortega.

2) Now 22, Lanzini has five seasons' worth of senior experience behind him. After a loan spell with Fluminense between 2011 and 2012, he returned to River Plate, where he successfully broke into the starting line-up. He played another two campaigns in Buenos Aires before making the move to Al Jazira Club.

3) In 145 senior club appearances, Lanzini has scored 25 goals. During his current spell in the United Arab Emirates, he has featured on 24 occasions (all starts), while scoring eight times. This represents his joint-best scoring season to date - matched with his efforts for River Plate throughout the 2012/13 campaign.

4) Lanzini has made five appearances for Argentina at under-20 level, during which he has scored two goals, but he is yet to feature for the senior side. Considering the buzz that surrounded his arrival on the South-American football scene, it is perhaps fair to say that the youngster has disappointed somewhat - at such a young age his move to the UAE all but confirmed this. Unless, of course, West Ham can provide redemption...

5) The 22-year-old's versatility means he can play across the any attacking midfield role - be it on the left, right, or through the middle. However, he operates more regularly in the centre of the park, which would make him direct competition for last season's stand-out performer Stewart Downing and summer signing Dimitri Payet. 

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