Sir Trevor Brooking has hailed the capture of Manuel Lanzini and feels his old club are on the verge of something special.
Joint-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have spent around Â£9million to turn Argentinian midfielder Lanzini’s loan deal from UAE side Al Jazira into a four-year contract, with the option of a further two years.
The 23-year-old, who scored his sixth goal of the season at Chelsea on Saturday, has joined Dimitri Payet and Cheikhou Kouyate in signing long-term contracts with the Hammers.
And with the club set to wave goodbye to Upton Park and move into the Olympic Stadium next season, former Hammers midfielder Brooking feels the future is looking bright.
“It’s great,” he said. “I was asking the two Daves if they had sorted Lanzini out just a couple of weeks ago.
“He was outstanding until he got injured earlier this season. Then he came back and he and Dimitri Payet together are great. It’s good to sort him, Payet and Kouyate out for the next few years.
“People can say what’s to stop big clubs still coming in for them, but if I was a player on the platform that they are given at West Ham, a club where the fans enjoy watching you and now with the new stadium, it’s a great opportunity for them and anyone else who comes in.
“With three or four new players, the right sort of people, I think they can be very dangerous next year.”
Sir Trevor Brooking was speaking as Lidl unveiled details of its partnership with the Football Association as lead partner for the FA Skills programme.