'Just like Haller' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as West Ham plan to terminate deal
Michael Brown has insisted West Ham would be making the right decision by cutting Felipe Anderson’s loan at Porto short this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League midfielder compared the Brazilian winger’s situation to that of recent West Ham departure Sebastien Haller after a lack of game time this season.
The Guardian claim the Hammers are considering terminating the 27-year-old’s loan at Porto early in a bid to protect his transfer worth ahead of a summer sale by sending him elsewhere before the end of the window.
The Brazilian has played just three times across all competitions for the Portuguese giants and it is said West Ham fear his value will plummet if he continues to struggle for game time.
Brown has suggested clubs are reluctant to sell players for a loss and insisted West Ham were doing the right thing in trying to get him playing during the second half of the season.
Brown told Football Insider: “It’s just like it is with Haller, isn’t it? If you’re not going to play, the fee starts dropping.
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“That’s one of the trickiest things in football, I’ve seen it over the years where people say: ‘Well, he cost us X amount of money, we’re not going to let him go for that because we’re going to lose all this.’
“What they don’t see is they’re going to lose more if they don’t play him for another 12 months plus his wages and that’s the hardest decision, where to cash out?
“That’s the hardest thing to do in the market, when the player’s not right, I think that’s where a lot of money is lost at these clubs. Everyone’s now talking about it, I think they’re quite shrewd at West Ham, they’d have looked at that, we think it could get worse, let’s do it.”
Anderson last started for West Ham in the 4-1 League Cup defeat to Everton earlier this season and has a total of 72 appearances under his belt for the Irons.