Report: Manuel Pellegrini wants Manchester City's Brahim Diaz as Manuel Lanzini's West Ham replacement

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on May 8, 2016 in Manchester,...

The new West Ham United manager worked with Diaz at Manchester City and Malaga.

Brahim Diaz of Manchester City in action during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on December 19, 2017 in Leicester,...

Manchester City winger Brahim Diaz is wanted by former boss Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham United, according to the Sun.

The newspaper reports Diaz has been identified as a loan replacement for Manuel Lanzini, who has been ruled out for the best part of a year with damaged cruciate ligaments.

Manuel Lanzini of Argentina takes part in a training session as part of the team preparation for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 at FC Barcelona 'Joan Gamper' sports centre on June 7, 2018 in...

The 18-year-old is said to have been earmarked as a future star at Manchester City, with Pellegrini's successor, Pep Guardiola, described as being a 'huge fan'.

But it is the new West Ham manager who brought Diaz to the Etihad Stadium from Malaga five years ago, having also worked with the Spaniard - as well as the Hammers' new head of recruitment, Mario Husillos - at La Rosaleda.

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on May 8, 2016 in Manchester,...

Diaz has only played 11 times for Manchester City do date, and could increase his game time with a move to West Ham.

The London side have also been linked with a move for another Blues starlet in Phil Foden.

Would West Ham be a good move for Diaz?

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