French press get ahead of themselves over potential West Ham and Tottenham transfer

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5,...

West Ham ace has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5,...

West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini was at the weekend linked with a surprise move to Tottenham Hotspur, by The Mirror.

The prospect of Lanzini crossing the divide between the two rivals clubs seems remote, but it is claimed Spurs are monitoring his situation.

The reports have circulated around Europe - and one report in France took it a little too far.

But! Football Club France report Lanzini is being lined up by Spurs... as a replacement for Dele Alli.

The headline read 'Tottenham already targeting Alli's replacement', and goes onto suggest their targeting of Lanzini is 'proof a departure is possible'.

Dele Alli of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

HITC's Take

Lanzini is a talent who West Ham need to build around if they are to be successful, but he thrives in a position further forward than Alli.

Alli has played better this season in a deeper role, and Lanzini if anything is more competition for Christian Eriksen in the Tottenham XI.

Manuel Lanzini of Argentina (L) makes a pass during the International Test match between Argentina and Singapore at National Stadium on June 13, 2017 in Singapore.

The only similarity between the duo is that they feel they are underpaid. Lanzini earns £35,000 per week according to The Mirror.

Alli meanwhile is linked with pushing to become Tottenham's top earner, with The Sun claiming he wants as much as £160,000 per week.

Even so, an exit for Alli is a long way off, and Spurs are under no pressure to sell next summer.

Lanzini's situation and Alli's are not connected, although West Ham and Tottenham should treat enquiries regarding their stars in the same way, by snubbing them.

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