According to a report by Corriere dello Sport, as relayed by Sport Witness, West Ham United midfielder Felipe Anderson is now vying for an east London exit and has Lazio as his preferred destination.
The Lowdown: Anderson nightmare…
The Brazilian spent 2020/2021 on loan at FC Porto in Portugal but failed to make any sort of impact.
Indeed, Anderson barely featured over what has been a year to forget for the once exciting West Ham signing.
The 28-year-old started just four matches in all competitions at the Estádio do Dragão, with two of them in the Portuguese League Cup, one in top flight and another in the Champions League (WhoScored).
Anderson took to the pitch for a total time of 128 minutes in Liga NOS, with reports surrounding his future emerging in the past weeks.
The Latest: Anderson trying to force Lazio move…
As per Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Anderson has been looking to force an exit with his agents calling clubs and offering him around.
It is said that his ideal move would be a return to Lazio, where he enjoyed many seasons before joining West Ham in the summer of 2018.
The newspaper state Anderson ‘has tried again in the past few weeks through his agents to see if the situation has changed with the new manager (Maurizio Sarri)’ – with his openness to an Italian capital return now ‘inevitably’ inserting the player on Lazio’s list of possible attacking targets.
Whether or not Sarri prioritises him as a signing remains to be seen, but Anderson is now certainly keen on the move and an exit from east London.
The Verdict: Time to go…
Like many clubs, West Ham face an unusual transfer market due to the financial toll caused by coronavirus.
Many teams up and down in the country will, arguably, be in a sell-to-buy situation and the Hammers may be no different.
As such, it would be wise to offload certain figures before investing heavily in marquee signings and Anderson should be one of the names let go.
At 28 with plenty of experience playing top-level football, the winger still has market value and possesses some ability despite his lack of playing time.
Tony Cottee, speaking to talkSPORT, once called him ‘absolutely fantastic’ for his glimpses of quality and West Ham may be able to command a fairly decent figure for him.
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