West Ham could be burned twice by Neymar as potential transfer triangle looms

Neymar #11 of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup 2017 match against Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Neymar's world record £200 million move from Barcelona to Paris St Germain could have serious implications for West Ham United.

The Hammers have been steadily reshaping their squad this summer, clearing out flops from last season's poor recruitment drive and bringing in Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.

With a net spend of only around £10m, speculation is rife Slaven Bilic is far from done in the window with the East Londoners linked with more quality stars such as Jack Wilshere, Keita Balde Diao and Etienne Capoue.

But as strange as it seems their best piece of business could yet be holding on to star player Manuel Lanzini in the wake of Neymar's record move from Barcelona to PSG.

Neymar #11 of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup 2017 match against Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Ironically the Brazilian has already burned the Hammers once back in 2010 when, as an 18-year-old playing for Santos, his father rejected overtures from the club under then manager Avram Grant.

West Ham failed to land Neymar and went on to be relegated that season.

Now seven years on, a transfer involving the superstar attacker could be set to put West Ham in a difficult position once again.

That's because Barca are reportedly seriously interested in replacing Neymar with either Liverpool's Phillippe Coutinho or Juventus' Pablo Dybala.

And Hammers star Lanzini is reportedly a target for both clubs should they lose their key playmakers, with Liverpool's interest well documented by the likes of The Sun.

Former River Plate man Lanzini has been sensational since signing for the Hammers, especially since stepping out from the shadow of the departed Dimitri Payet.

Goalscorer Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United is congratulated by Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United, as he is substituted during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

His goal against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur last season secured the club's Premier League safety but Lanzini's ambitions could be a lot loftier as he is desperate to cement his place in the Argentina national team.

With money seemingly no object for Europe's elite, a huge bid may prove tempting for co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, who eventually let the £50million rated Payet leave for just half that price in January.

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