West Ham are confident that they will agree a club-record fee for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson, according to the Telegraph, and the acquisition of the Brazilian is exactly what West Ham need.
West Ham’s squad is already deprived of technical players, and the long-term injury picked up by Manuel Lanzini has done the Hammers no favours.
Bar Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic is the only other player who is able to change a game or create something out of nothing. the east London club’s roster lacks attacking options, so bringing in some new faces for that area of the pitch is necessary anyway. But the fact that a player of Anderson’s technical ability and skill could be signed is an added bonus.
Offensively, West Ham didn’t perform too bad this season. Under Manuel Pellegrini’s predecessor David Moyes, they were the 8th highest scorers in the Premier League with 48 goals, and someone as efficient as Anderson – valued at £27m by Transfermarkt – will only help the team to hit the back of the net more often.
Despite not being a regular starter for Lazio, the 25-year-old managed to register four goals and seven assists in the club’s just gone Serie A season to add to previous campaigns such as the 2016/17 one where he assisted 11 goals and 2014/15 where he scored 10 goals.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore appeared to be Pellegrini’s primary target to reinforce the attack. However, with his injury record and ridiculous £190,00-a-week wage demands, targeting Anderson instead makes more sense in every single regard for both Pellegrini and the West Ham hierarchy.