Report: West Ham finally agree to sign Manuel Lanzini after year-long pursuit

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West Ham are reportedly set to sign Manuel Lanzini.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Argentine playmaker Manuel Lanzini on a season-long loan deal from Al-Jazira.

The Hammers have been busy this summer, appointing new manager Slaven Bilic as well as signing goalkeeper Darren Randolph, midfielder Pedro Obiang and playmaker Dimitri Payet.

The work doesn't stop there though for West Ham, with more depth needed in a squad which will be competing in the Premier League and Europa League next season.

It now appears that West Ham are close to making a fourth summer signing, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Hammers have struck a deal to sign playmaker Manuel Lanzini from Al-Jazira.

The report states that West Ham actually tried to sign Lanzini from River Plate last summer, but he chose a shock move to the United Arab Emirates with Al-Jazira.

After eight goals in 24 appearances, Lanzini is now set for a move to Europe, with West Ham seemingly finally poised to land their man on a season-long loan deal.

Ideal for Bilic?

At Besiktas last season, Bilic primarily played a 4-2-3-1 system with Argentine playmaker Jose Sosa playing behind Demba Ba in attack.

Now at West Ham, Bilic could go with something similar with Lanzini behind Diafra Sakho, given that the duo have somewhat similar attributes to the duo he had at Besiktas.

Lanzini is technically gifted with close control and dribbling ability, and whilst some fans may fear that he's too similar to Mauro Zarate, Lanzini should be an exciting signing for West Ham, whose ambition in their final season at Upton Park is clear.

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