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West Ham: Lazio eye Felipe Anderson return

West Ham: Lazio eye Felipe Anderson return - West Ham News

Serie A outfit Lazio could attempt to bring West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson back to the Stadio Olimpico.

That’s according to the print edition of the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero (via Tutto Mercato Web).

The lowdown

West Ham signed Anderson in July 2018 for what was then a club record fee of £36million.

The Brazilian netted 10 goals and laid on five assists in an impressive debut campaign, but then tailed off during the 2019/20 season with only one goal in 27 appearances.

Anderson wound up being loaned to FC Porto last October and was restricted to just five league outings in Portugal.

West Ham even considered ending his loan spell early due to the lack of game time.

The 28-year-old’s value has now fallen to £9million (Transfermarkt) as he nears the final year of his contract at the London Stadium.

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The latest

There are said to be ‘many names in the running’ as Lazio, who finished sixth in Serie A last season, target a new winger.

Alongside Anderson, the club have shortlisted Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic, Napoli’s Matteo Politano and Bologna’s Ricardo Orsolini.

Anderson previously spent five years in the Italian capital after joining from native club Santos.

The verdict

It very much looks as if time is up for Felipe Anderson at West Ham. He seemed a very good signing in his first season, but since then his decline has been a little alarming.

Lazio know that they could sign Anderson for free next summer, potentially leaving the Hammers in a fairly weak negotiating position.

You suspect they will recoup only a fraction of their initial investment, a huge disappointment.

A return to Italy may well appear to the player himself too as a means of revitalising his career.

He’d also have the opportunity to work under a great manager in former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, recently appointed at Lazio.

This looks like a deal that could be good for all parties.

In other news, West Ham have entered talks to sign this 25-year-old forward. 


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