West Ham man wants out this summer after falling victim to Lingard resurgence

Date published: Friday 26th March 2021 10:17 - Jonny Whitfield

Manuel Lanzini, Jarrod Bowen Tottenham v West Ham October 2020

West Ham attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini wants a transfer away from the club this summer amid a struggle for game time, according to a report.

The Argentine has proved a solid signing since his 2016 arrival from Al-Jazira. He has directly contributed to 45 goals in 153 games, scoring 22 and assisting 23 others. As such, he signed a new contract in 2019 and the Hammers have the option to keep him until 2025.

According to Football Insider, however, Lanzini wants out this summer amid a recent lack of game time.

While he had played a sporadic role before January this season, Jesse Lingard’s arrival has further restricted his chances.

Indeed, since the Englishman signed his loan deal, Lanzini has only played in two of nine Premier League games. What’s more, those contributions have only amounted to 63 and 28 minutes, respectively.

Before that, though, the 28-year-old played 11 of the first 18 top-flight games of the campaign.

As for where he could go, Football Insider adds that Paris Saint-Germain showed strong January interest.

The French giants made a ‘last-gasp’ loan bid, but Hammers boss David Moyes did not want to lose the midfielder for the second half of the season.

West Ham are chasing a return to European football and while they currently sit in the Europa League spots, a Champions League finish is not off the cards.

However, Lanzini’s fellow attacking midfielder Lingard – who has scored five goals and set up three others in seven games – has kept their momentum going.

Regardless of whether Lingard signs a permanent deal at the London Stadium, Lanzini wants a new challenge.

As well as PSG, Turkish clubs and sides in the Middle East showed interest in January.

Lanzini’s most memorable moment this season was his last-gasp, long-range equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Tottenham in October.

Lingard reveals Southgate conversation

Southgate, Lingard England TEAMtalk

Meanwhile, Lingard’s return to form since leaving Manchester United has also sparked a return to the England fold.

The 28-year-old made his Three Lions comeback in Thursday’s 5-0 victory over San Marino.

Speaking before the game, Lingard revealed how a chat with England boss Gareth Southgate inspired his move down south.

READ MORE: Lingard reveals Southgate conversation that inspired West Ham switch

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