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Tottenham plot raid on bitter rivals, £35k-a-week prized asset interests Pochettino

West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has reportedly caught the eye of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, and a swoop could soon follow.

The 24-year-old has impressed since moving to the Premier League in 2015, scoring eight goals and providing two assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season to improve on the campaign before.

While the Argentine offers much more too, his efforts were acknowledged with the club Player of the Year award last season, and so that goes a long way in showing just how valuable he is to them.

That in turn will make the latest transfer speculation more difficult to swallow, as The Mirror report that Tottenham boss Pochettino is keeping a close eye on his compatriot which could ultimately lead to a bid to sign him being made.

It’s added that Lanzini is currently earning £35,000-a-week which you’d assume he could easily improve on at a bigger club chasing bigger prizes, and so that’s a concern in itself for West Ham in their bid to keep him.

However, importantly as mentioned there, he would also have the chance to compete for trophies, while in contrast he looks set for a real battle to move away from the relegation zone this season with West Ham who recently sacked Slaven Bilic and brought in David Moyes.

It’s also noted by the Mirror that Tottenham aren’t the only top side looking at him, such has been the impact he has made in his stint in England thus far, and at 24, he’ll certainly have another level to reach as he continues to improve and develop his all-round game.

Based on the work that he’s done with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli in recent years, working with Pochettino could be a good place to continue to improve for Lanzini, and if he has ambitions of winning things, then Spurs wouldn’t be a bad place to go as they’re certainly a club heading in the right direction based on results over the past two seasons.

However, it remains to be seen whether or not Tottenham’s reported interest firstly results in a bid being lodged, and in turn if West Ham are willing to even discuss terms as aside from the rivalry between the two London clubs, they’ll surely need Lanzini to stay this season at least to help them get out of trouble as they currently sit in the bottom three after 11 games.

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