West Ham United's transfer business looks better with each passing week.
In a recent interview with the club’s official website, West Ham United’s joint chairman David Sullivan explained the situation regarding loanee Manuel Lanzini, and his comments reiterated just what an outstanding transfer window the Hammers had last summer.
Addressing speculation that other Premier League clubs would try to sign the exciting young Argentine at the end of the season, Sullivan said, “We have an unbreakable option with both Lanzini and his club, so any other team’s interest is irrelevant.”
It was a bold statement, but it also proved just how savvy West Ham were when they strengthened their side during the last transfer window.
Dimitri Payet is already widely regarded as one of the signings of the season, and while the Frenchman has now suffered a serious injury there is no denying his immediate and considerable impact at Upton Park.
Then there are the likes of Angelo Ogbonna and Victor Moses, who have shone for the Hammers, while Lanzini has proved the doubters wrong by getting better and better.
Where other clubs may have signed Lanzini on loan and then waited to see how he did before agreeing a permanent option further down the line, the West Ham hierarchy clearly knew what a talent he was and quickly set about ensuring they were not gazumped next summer.
In so doing, Bilic’s club have proved to be among the canniest negotiators in England, signing a whole host of wonderful options and ensuring others do not swoop in and steal them when they invariably shine.