West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has told the club's official website that they have an 'unbreakable option' on playmaker Manuel Lanzini.
Lanzini, 22, came up through the ranks with Argentine giants River Plate, and was tipped for stardom before a surprise 2014 move to the United Arab Emirates with Al-Jazira.
After just one season there, Lanzini was on the move again, this time signing for West Ham on a season-long loan deal, and Hammers fans were hopeful that he would have a similar impact to his compatriot Carlos Tevez, who became an Upton Park hero back in 2007.
So far, Lanzini has been one of Slaven Bilic's best signings, having scored three Premier League goals already this season, and producing a number of dazzling displays from the right hand side of midfield.
Recent reports from The Mirror stated that West Ham were pursuing a permanent deal for Lanzini, but Al-Jazira's £8m asking price was making the Hammers hesitate over a full-time transfer.
Some Hammers fans have since been worried that, after Lanzini's loan spell ends, he will move on to a Premier League rival, with Bleacher Report suggesting that Liverpool are considering a move to sign him.
Now though, co-chairman Sullivan has told the West Ham official website that the club have an 'unbreakable option' to sign Lanzini permanently, meaning any rival interest would be completely futile.
"I know there have been some reports in the media over the weekend surrounding the future of Manuel Lanzini," said Sullivan. "We have an unbreakable option with both Lanzini and his club, so any other team's interest is irrelevant. Manuel has been a fantastic signing for the Club and we all hope he can maintain this superb run of form for the rest of the season," he added.
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