Kevin Phillips was baffled as to why West Ham would look to sell Felipe Anderson as Arsenal consider a shock move for the Brazilian attacker.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, called the 27-year-old “a class act” who is a “fantastic player” when fully fit.
This site revealed in June that the Hammers were looking to cash in on the winger this summer to help soften the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Football Insider understands that Arsenal have set their sights on the former Lazio star with Mikel Arteta a big admirer of the player.
The Irons signed Anderson in 2018 in what was a then club-record £36million deal, with performance related add-ons that could see that fee rise to £42million.
When asked by Football Insider if the Hammers would regret letting the Brazilian leave, Phillips said:
“I am surprised that they are looking to sell him because I think he is a class act.
“The only reason why I think they would look to sell him is to free up money to bring in someone else that they think is better.
“When Felipe Anderson is fit and firing he is a fantastic player. I am very surprised to hear that they would even consider selling him. David Moyes knows a lot more than I do though.”
Anderson, who has just two years remaining on his contract at the London Stadium, made 27 appearances last season with Pablo Fornals was preferred on the left wing.
David Moyes has already lost one winger in this transfer window after Grady Diangana put pen to paper on a five year deal at West Brom after an £18million deal was agreed including add-ons.
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