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Report: West Ham won't let 'best footballer' leave on loan; 28-year-old keen on departing

West Ham United aren’t interested in a loan transfer for Manuel Lanzini, according to El Intransigente.

The publication are claiming that due to the Irons’ upcoming participation in the Europa League, they don’t want to let the Argentine leave. But, the attacker has asked to leave the club.

Lanzini has been linked with a move back to his former club, River Plate.

However, David Moyes’ side would be open to letting the playmaker leave on a permanent transfer.

It’s also being claimed that the player’s wages are a stumbling block for the Argentine giants. Even paying part of the 28-year-old’s wages as part of a six-month loan is difficult for the club.

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Tony Cottee labelled him as the ‘best footballer‘ in the West Ham squad.

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TBR View: Lanzini transfer would leave West Ham light in attacking areas

Last season showed off how light the Hammers were in attacking areas.

The club had just six different options, aside from Jesse Lingard, in the final third of the pitch. And with Europa League football on the horizon, that would leave David Moyes in a perilous position.

Playing Thursday and then on Sunday is a tough task, just ask Arsenal. Following their midweek excursions, the Gunners won just six of their 14 Premier League games. And Mikel Arteta’s side are spoilt with options.

Aside from being light on players, many of them weren’t on top form.

The likes of Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko endured poor campaigns. Meanwhile, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen performed well in patches.

It was only due to the performances of Jesse Lingard that the club qualified for the second tier of European football. His nine goals in 15 games won a staggering 11 points.

Letting Lanzini leave the club this summer would only increase the strain this summer.

The need to add quality is huge and a potential transfer back to his country would leave West Ham scouring the martket for a replacement.

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