West Ham are reported to be chasing the signature of Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson. The 25-year-old is understood to be one of Manuel Pellegrini’s top transfer targets, but could cost the Hammers up to £44m.
Brazilian international Felipe Anderson has become well known in European footballing circles over the last few seasons. Since arriving at Stadio Olimpico for a fee of €7.8 million in 2013, Anderson has seen regular playing time under Lazio’s various managers, learning from the likes of Stefano Pioli, Marcelo Bielsa, and current boss Simone Inzaghi. At the age of 25, Anderson has racked up an impressive 177 appearances for the Italian side, scoring 34 goals and providing 42 assists over five seasons.
Anderson has been left out of Brazil’s squad for the upcoming World Cup, but that doesn’t mean that he has gone unnoticed by managers around Europe. New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be a huge fan of Anderson, and the talented attacking midfielder could become West Ham’s second signing of the summer, should the East London club agree a deal with Lazio over the next few days.
Lazio are reported to be holding out for an offer of around £44m for Anderson, which is way over West Ham’s current valuation, which is rumoured to be £26m, rising to £33m with added bonuses.
Anderson’s transfer fee could have been decidedly higher had he not missed the first few months of the 2017/18 season with a significant injury. Should West Ham not manage to tempt Anderson to the London Stadium, the 25-year-old could be still be destined for the Premier League, with reports that Chelsea have also been keeping an eye on him over the last 12 months.
In other news, West Ham could be in the market for former Man City midfielder Yaya Toure. Toure is currently a free agent having left City at the end of the season, and is reported to be keen on reuniting with manager Manuel Pellegrini and former teammates Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart. Toure spent three seasons playing under Pellegrini at the Etihad, winning the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season.