After all the joy of purchasing new players, attentions have turned to the terror of potentially losing our existing stars. Just now there is a focus upon Manny Lanzini, with speculative reports that he is set to move to Anfield as a replacement for Barca-bound Coutinho. Some enraged Hammers fans have expressed their disapproval in the strongest possible terms - even threatening to riot if Lanzini departs!
However, there is little likelihood that Hammers fans will be needing to stock up on milk bottles and the like just yet as West Ham have made it clear that Lanzini is central to our future plans and, importantly, is only a year into his current 4 year contract. Quite simply, there is no reason to sell our main playmaker - if anything, we need an understudy.
In reality, West Ham fans can expect these type of rumours to continue all Summer - brace yourselves for 'Antonio unsettled', 'Kouyate bust up' ...deblah blah..Messrs Gold and Sullivan may have toned down the media speculation about our transfer activity of late but as the quote from the Wire goes 'play or be played' and that sums up the determination to find media fodder.
Lanzini to stay and lead our charge into the top six next year!