David Sullivan reacts to Manuel Lanzini signing permanent West Ham deal

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David Sullivan hopes Manuel Lanzini becomes a West Ham legend.

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has told the club's official website that he is 'very proud' that Manuel Lanzini has chosen to join the Hammers permanently.

Lanzini, 23, came up through the ranks with Argentine giants River Plate, but moved on to the United Arab Emirates with Al Jazira in 2014.

Just one season with Al Jazira led to a surprise move to England with West Ham, as the playmaker penned a season-long loan deal at Upton Park, with the Hammers hoping to tap into his potential.

The attacking midfielder has notched six goals this season - including a stunner against Chelsea last weekend - as well as one assist, all of which has led to West Ham fans hoping Lanzini signed a permanent deal.

Earlier today, West Ham confirmed on their official website that they have agreed a permanent deal with Lanzini, who will sign a four-year deal on July 1st, representing a coup for the club ahead of their big move to the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Now, Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan, who helped bring Lanzini to Upton Park in the first place as well as tie up today's permanent deal, has spoken to the club's official website about the move.

Sullivan stated that Lanzini is a fabulous player, and believes he could become a West Ham legend, as well as a key player for the Argentina national team, before claiming he is 'very proud' to have Lanzini as a West Ham player on a permanent basis.

"Manuel is a fabulous player he is and we hope over the next five to six seasons that he can become a West Ham United legend and a star for the Argentina team," said Sullivan. "He is a very special player and we are very proud that he has joined West Ham United," he added.

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