Kevin Phillips cannot understand why West Ham have allowed Felipe Anderson and Josh Cullen to leave this summer.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, sung the praises of both players and admitted that he was “surprised” to see them go.

Cullen signed permanently for RSC Anderlecht on deadline-day having impressed for David Moyes’s side in the EFL Cup this season.

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The also club confirmed the departure of Felipe Anderson on Monday, the winger joining Porto on a season-long loan deal.

This site revealed that the Brazilian could have joined the Portuguese giants in a permanent deal but the two clubs failed to agree on a fee.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the multiple deadline-day exits at the London Stadium, Phillips said:

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“Anderson is a superb player and he gave West Ham another dimension on that left-hand side. I was surprised to see him leave.

“I saw that the young lad Cullen left as well. I watched him in the cup game and I thought he was very, very good.

“So I am surprised that West Ham have let those two players go but who am I to argue. David Moyes worked with those players day in, day out.” 

Jack Wilshere also completed his exit from West Ham, the midfielder reached a mutual agreement with the club to terminate his contract after just 19 appearances.

While Xande Silva and Olatunji Akinola left the Irons on loan before the international transfer window shut.

In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie in awe of “fantastic” player seen just once in claret and blue.