Report: Manuel Lanzini available for summer transfer, but West Ham face competition

Al-Sharjah are reportedly vying with West Ham for the signature of playmaker Manuel Lanzini.

According to Abu Dhabi newspaper The National, Al-Jazira playmaker Manuel Lanzini is available for transfer this summer - but a move to West Ham is far from assured.

Lanzini, 22, was deemed to be one of the next great Argentine players when he emerged with River Plate, but he took the surprise move to leave South America and join Al-Jazira last summer.

Since joining the Abu Dhabi club, Lanzini has scored eight goals in 24 games - but could leave the club this summer, according to reports.

The Mirror reported earlier this week that West Ham United are hoping to take Lanzini on loan with a view to a permanent move as new manager Slaven Bilic shapes his squad at Upton Park.

However, The National report that, whilst Lanzini is deemed surplus to requirements at Al-Jazira, a move to West Ham isn't guaranteed - because league rivals Al-Sharjah have made contact over a possible deal for the Argentine playmaker, putting a move to West Ham in doubt.

What would Lanzini offer West Ham?

Lanzini is primarily a central attacking midfielder, but can also play out wide if needed. A skilful, technically gifted playmaker, Lanzini could make a real impact in the final third for West Ham - but fans may be worried about the prospect of signing him.

Just last summer, West Ham signed a diminutive Argentine forward with the idea of adding some creativity to the front line. That was of course Mauro Zarate, who struggled to make any sort of impact in East London before being loaned out to QPR in January.

Should West Ham sign Lanzini, supporters could fear that he would end up the same way as Zarate - but under new manager Bilic, there may be a more expansive brand of football on offer, and with Bilic's 4-2-3-1 at Besiktas featuring an Argentine playmaker in Jose Sosa, he could look to recreate that at West Ham by signing Lanzini.

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