West Ham plan to reward Manuel Lanzini with a new long-term contract to fend off any potential suitors, according to The Mirror.
The Hammers are growing increasingly concerned by Lanzini’s contract situation. And with Fenerbahce sniffing around, they feel it is time to tie down Lanzini.
Manuel Lanzini returns from injury
He had a frustrating 2018/19 season. In summer 2018, just before the World Cup, Lanzini suffered a long-term injury which ruled him out for more than half of last season.
But the 26-year-old made his return to action in late February, much to the delight of the West Ham fans. He is still making a full recovery but he looked back to his best towards the end of the campaign.
Lanzini scored once and set up two goals in 10 games this season. He will be hoping to kick on next term and add to his total tally of 21 goals and 17 games in claret and blue.
Fenerbahce want Manuel Lanzini
But West Ham face a battle to keep Lanzini in East London this summer. Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce reportedly want the Argentina international to replace Olympiakos-bound Mathieu Valbuena.
Lanzini’s contract at West Ham only lasts until next summer, although the club do have the option to extend that by a further two years (until summer 2022).
However, the Irons want their midfield playmaker’s future secured. West Ham plan to offer Lanzini a lucrative five-year contract to put any transfer speculation to bed.