Slaven Bilic’s response when asked if he wants to sign Manuel Lanzini permanently

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West Ham want to sign Manuel Lanzini on a permanent deal.

Manuel Lanzini is currently on loan at West Ham, and Slaven Bilic has told London24 that he wants to sign Manuel Lanzini on a permanent deal when the transfer window opens.

Bilic said: “I would like to make his move permanent. He has proved himself and he is a key player for us. The way he plays in recent games, he is playing all the games and been really good. I would like him to stay with us, the chairmen agree and he is happy here.”

Lanzini has been one of the surprise success stories of the Premier League season, having arrived on loan at the Boleyn Ground from Al-Jazira Club over the summer.

There were no doubts about his talents and playmaking skills, but many suggested that he was too lightweight to deal with the physical rigours of the Premier League.

However, the 22-year-old has adapted with ease, and he is arguably the Hammers' key player now that Dimitri Payet is out injured.

There have been calls from the fans to make Lanzini’s deal at the Boleyn Ground a permanent one, and Bilic has now admitted that he is keen on tying the attacking midfield down to a full-time deal.

There is a right-to-buy option in the loan deal, meaning West Ham have the priority right to purchase him ahead of any other rivals, and now it would come as no surprise to see them move for the Argentine in the January transfer window.

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