West Ham set to remind Felipe Anderson of Porto loan failure
West Ham are looking to remind Felipe Anderson early on of a disappointing Porto loan and could send the Brazilian elsewhere for the second half of the season.
Anderson enjoyed a solid first season at West Ham in 2018/19 after setting the club record at the time by signing a £ 36million contract with Lazio. But he then struggled to reproduce this form in 2019/20 and the decision was taken last October to loan it.
However, Anderson has only made a handful of appearances for Porto and has not appeared in the Primeira Liga at all since the end of October. His only departures for the club came in domestic cup matches and a dead Champions League rubber against Olympiacos.
As a result, West Ham will shorten the original deal for the season and re-evaluate.
The player himself, who will be 28 before the end of the season, is set to return to his parent club playing for the Hammers again, though manager David Moyes is not rushing to make room for him in the current first team.
A second loan would be the obvious short term solution. Usually, because Anderson played for West Ham in September and then continued to appear for Porto, that wouldn’t be an option as FIFA rules prevent players from showing up for more than two clubs in any given season.
But the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic means there is likely to be some relaxation of regulations this month, which could benefit Anderson and West Ham.
90 mins understands that there are Premier League clubs out there who would be willing to borrow Anderson if the rules allow. There is also interest in him from Serie A sides, where he previously made a name for himself for five years at Lazio.
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