Manuel Lanzini completes permanent move to West Ham from Al Jazira for £9 million

Published 03/22/2016, 1:42 PM EDT


Manuel Lanzini has signed for West Ham on a permanent basis from Al Jazira on a 4 year contract worth around £9 million.

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The 23 year- old has impressed since he joined West Ham on loan from UAE side Al Jazira, scoring 7 goals and assisting 3 in 24 games in all competitions this season, and the hammers have moved swiftly to secure his services on a permanent basis.

After a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in which Lanzini scored a screamer, manager Slaven Bilic heaped praise on the Argentinian.

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‘When I signed him I would be lying if I said that I was thinking he would play at such a consistently high level.

‘I had no idea that by this time of the season, he would have played so well. It’s special enough wearing the No 10 shirt for River Plate, at only 18 years of age, it is after all a very famous number, but Lanzini has developed with us and produced some brilliant football.

‘Perhaps I didn’t quite realise how good he can be. At 23, he is willing to take responsibility, and copes easily with the pressure.’

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