West Ham: What selling Felipe Anderson could mean

A dejected Felipe Anderson of West Ham United. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
A dejected Felipe Anderson of West Ham United. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /

The transfer rumor debate surrounding West Ham and Felipe Anderson are in full swing. If the Hammers sell him, what will be the next domino to fall.

As West Ham United rolls into their first full week of summer training, one of their star midfielders may finally be on the brink of leaving the club. According to Hammers ITK, ExWHUemployee, Felipe Anderson could be leaving the club very soon. There are also reports in the Italian market that believe talks are heating up between Anderson and his former club, Lazio.

We all know how the transfer window goes, but when reports and rumors start flaring up like this, the deal is surely just a few steps away from happening. After Felipe’s groundbreaking first season with the club, he cooled off the following year and eventually found his way out on loan.

From the time Felipe Anderson came to East London, his progression has been a constant roll downhill. Although keeping him would save room in the transfer funds department, and there’s always hope that he could make a comeback. However, it looks like that may not be the case anymore. So, where do the Hammers go from here?

West Ham: What selling Felipe Anderson could mean

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It could mean a few things, starting with the fact that Felipe Anderson is on roughly £85,000 a week. That figure comes before any additional add-ones, but for a player currently sitting in third place at his current position. Both Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma have been solidifying the left side of the midfield in his absence.

If Jesse Lingard makes a permanent move to East London, he will surely be one of the first names on the teamsheet; once again forcing Anderson down the depth chart. So, West Ham could simply be clearing up wages to either bring in Lingard easier or someone else in his stead.

You would hope the David Moyes and Co wouldn’t assume the Hammers are deep enough in that position, especially with European Football looming, so you have to assume that he has a plan in place. Selling Felipe is smart, if for the right price, but if that price isn’t assured, that Hammers should keep him in place.

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With him being gone, it will open up a slot for youngsters waiting in the wings and solidifies to Fornals and Benrahma that it is their position for the future. However, going back on the previous statement of price, if Lazio or whoever won’t reach a solid agreement, West Ham needs to keep him and allow him the chance to roam freely as they did with Lingard.