West Ham have first option on Manuel Lanzini amid reported Liverpool interest, co-chairman confirms

Lanzini has impressed immensely during his loan spell at the Boleyn Ground.

David Gold has confirmed that West Ham will have the first opportunity to sign Manuel Lanzini, despite speculation linking the 22-year-old with a move to Liverpool, the London Evening Standard reports.

Lanzini is on loan at the Boleyn Ground from Al-Jazira, and Gold hinted that if the Hammers supporters continue to see the kind of performances they have been treated to so far, then the club will not hesitate to make the deal permanent (via the Evening Standard).

"We have a first option to sign Manuel. There's no concern," he said.

"He has been exceptional for us.”

"We like him and if he carries on like this he will be one hell of a player," he added.

While the creative midfielder missed the club's goalless draw with Manchester United, and is set to miss the next two weeks after collecting a knock in training (via the Mirror), there is little question that he has been one of the side's best players this season.

His four goals - including the opener on his first Premier League start against Liverpool - have helped Slaven Bilic's men make an excellent start to the campaign. The Hammers sit sixth in the table, one place above the Reds.

And if Lanzini is able to rediscover those same performance levels upon his return from injury, then it seems likely that it will not just be the Hammers and Jurgen Klopp's men that are chasing his signature. 

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