The Argentine playmaker was reportedly close to joining Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day and is expected to move on this summer having fallen down the pecking order under David Moyes.
Under contract until 2023 and valued at £9m (Transfermarkt), Lanzini will likely fetch the Hammers a reasonable sum in the transfer market and McAvennie told Football FanCast he can understand why the midfielder would want to leave the club:
“The boy’s not getting a game, so if he’s not getting a game then he’s got to go. As a player, if you’re not getting a game then you’ve got to go. Sometimes you have just got to play. Lanzini has been out of the team for so long. He’s a luxury player.
“(Said) Benrahma when he came in, and David Moyes said ‘you’re losing the ball too much’. Lanzini is a little bit like that. He’s probably spoken to both of them, but Benrahma seems to have bought into what David Moyes is telling them. Great player, but Lanzini is a luxury.
“I’m not surprised he wants to quit. Benrahma has bought into West Ham, and that’s why Lanzini is not getting a game.”