West Ham loan star Manuel Lanzini says he wants to join the club permanently

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West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini is enjoying life at the club.

West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini has told reporters for the Daily Star that he wants to make his loan move at Upton Park permanent, citing London and the team’s style of play as big factors.

The Argentine winger joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Al-Jazira and has already adapted to life in the Premier League, scoring three goals and adding one assist in ten league matches.

South American footballers tend to struggle with the rigours of English football, with former Manchester United duo Juan Sebastian Veron and Angel di Mario two chief examples.

Lanzini, however, has been a breath of fresh air at Upton Park and is already making the relevant noises in terms of making his loan spell at West Ham become permanent.

"London is great - there is so much history and lots of places to discover. I love the one, two-touch football. I am working hard to try and stay here, which is what I want and hope it happens,” he said.

The 22-year-old has been a key member of Slaven Bilic’s squad, coming in and providing plenty of width to a team which at the beginning of the season struggled to field a genuine winger.

Aside from his obvious goal threat, Lanzini is very much a creator and averages 2.3 successful take-ons and 2.1 shots on goal per league fixture – tallies comparable with his very best teammates.

Co-owner David Gold has stressed previously to the club's official website how he would like to make at least one or two of the team’s loan stars permanent West Ham players, and Lanzini seems the most obvious of the lot. Considering his age and potential, Lanzini could go on and become a real favourite with the Hammers.

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