Report: Liverpool identify West Ham's Manuel Lanzini as number one January transfer target

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2017 in...

The West Ham United star is drawing attention from Liverpool.

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,...

The Reds have identified Hammers ace Manuel Lanzini as their number one choice to replace Philippe Coutinho, if the Brazilian leaves Anfield in January, according to the Sun.

The diminutive Argentine has been in fine form for West Ham this season, racking up a goal and four assists in 14 Premier League outings thus far.

It his his overall contribution to his team that is most impressive, however, and when he is dictating the tempo of the game, the Hammers are usually a pretty formidable outfit.

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,...

The Sun claim that Jürgen Klopp is a big fan of Lanzini, and would not be put of by West Ham's £40 million valuation of the talented play-maker.

Hammers fans will be desperate to keep hold of the 24-year-old, however, with their club currently deeply involved in a relegation battle.

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2017 in London, England.

Lanzini has firmly established himself as a fan favourite in east London, and the West Ham faithful will be hoping that their relationship with him is enough to convince him that staying at the London Stadium is his best option.

With a club like Liverpool showing interest though, it will be hard for the Argentine's head not to be turned.

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