David Sullivan risks paying the price for a January blunder amid reports West Ham United will look to sell Felipe Anderson for just £17m at the end of the season.
What’s the word?
According to Claret & Hugh, the Hammers are lining up a clear out at the London Stadium including Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko after parting with Sebastien Haller last month.
David Moyes’ side are thought to be ready to take a sizable hit on the fees paid for the pair of unwanted wingers, whom Manuel Pellegrini and former Director of Football Mario Husillos spent £36m and £18m for respectively in 2018.
The Irons now reportedly value Yarmolenko at between £5-6m as they look to offload his £115,000-per-week salary on a deal running to 2023, while C&H claim Anderson is now only worth £17m in a potential £19m loss for the claret and blue outfit.
Anderson was signed from SS Lazio in 2018 for a then club-record fee, eclipsing the £22m that Pellegrini and Husillos had paid Toulouse for French defender Issa Diop earlier that summer.
The Brazilian winger is currently on a season-long loan with Liga NOS giants FC Porto struck last October, but has only featured nine times for the Dragoes across all competitions ahead of Sergio Conceicao’s title-chasing side hosting relegation-threatened Boavista on Saturday night.
Conceicao has so far not afforded Anderson a key role in his plans, with the £85,000-per-week Brazilian starting just one Portuguese top-flight fixture while being left an unused substitute five times and omitted from six matchday squads in the league to date.
Missed a trick
West Ham were touted to be considering recalling Anderson from his Porto horrors last month and strive to find a new temporary home for the 27-year-old, given his lack of game time at the Estadio do Dragao.
Fiorentina even emerged as a possible destination for the two-time international, but the Irons ultimately opted against terminating his Dragoes deal while Porto were cited as seeing the forward as having greater chances on the field in the near future.
That decision has now proven a blunder with Conceicao still leaving Anderson on the sidelines most of the time, and ignoring Fiorentina’s interest will represent a serious missed opportunity if Sullivan can only drum up offers worth around £17m in the summer.
West Ham would have expected Fiorentina to field Anderson far more often than Porto are, with Cesare Prandelli’s Artemio Franchi Stadium natives in a potential relegation fight having scored the second-lowest tally in the Serie A this season with 21 goals in 21 games.
Anderson may not have scored in his nine games for Porto and may have only offered one goal in 27 games for West Ham last season, yet knows the Italian league well from his time with Lazio and could have offered a threat beside Dusan Vlahovic and Gaetano Castrovilli – who are the only players to have scored more than twice in the league for La Viola to date.
Anderson scored 25 goals and provided 30 assists in the Serie A before joining the Hammers in 2018, and building on his numbers could have driven Sullivan’s asking price back up.
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