Hammers fans will be licking their lips at news that the club has made a move for an exciting South American playmaker.

But Argentine Manuel Lanzini plays not in a top league in Europe, but in the oil-rich middle east.

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The 22-year-old plays for Al Jazeera in the United Arab Emirates and the Irons want to bring him back to the big leagues.

The former River Plate man could be set for a loan deal for next season with an option to buy him if he impresses at Upton Park.

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He is said to have impressed West Ham's scouts with his dribbling ability, and they see him giving them depth in their squad and fit in with the style of play that new manager Slaven Bilic is hoping to bring to the Boleyn.

Meanwhile, another Hammers target, Aleksandar Dragovic, has admitted he is “ready for the next step” in his career.

The 24-year-old Dynamo Kiev defender said: “I had a very good year this year with Kiev, with many successes. I have developed myself again and dare to say that I’m ready for the next step.”

West Ham have lined up Dragovic as they have already been challenged by a number of clubs for the services of Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour.

Boss Bilic has also asked his new employers to pursue another striker and the Hammers are in talks with Roma over a loan deal for Mattia Destro.