By Darren Bent

15th Aug, 2020 | 11:15am

'Massive' - Exclusive: Bent claims West Ham may pay off senior star to leave

Darren Bent has suggested that West Ham may have to pay Felipe Anderson off to get him out of the club this summer.

The former Tottenham and England star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 27-year-old has been a “massive disappointment” and that he will be difficult for the Irons to offload.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier this month, the Brazilian forward held talks with former club Lazio over a return to Rome as David Moyes looks to cash in on his exit.

However, Bent believes the Hammers face a tough task getting anyone to splash the cash on Anderson this summer and suggests they may have to accept a loan, or even pay him off, to get him out the door.

Bent told Football Insider: “He’s been a massive disappointment, Felipe Anderson. We saw signs in the first game of how good he was going to be and he’s got nowhere near that potential we’ve seen.

“He’s not consistent enough, we see it once every ten games and that’s not good enough. That is going to be a dilemma because people aren’t going to be buying these players because of the whole pandemic situation.

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“They might have to start sending these players on loan, two-year loans just to get them off the wage bill, or they might have to pay some of these players off to get them out the building.

“It’s a real interesting situation for David Moyes and they’ve got too many players that can be eight or nine out of tens but majority of the time are five or six out of ten. That’s not helping them.” 

Anderson played 27 times for West Ham last season but chipped in with just one goal and five assists.

He has a total of 67 appearances under his belt in east London.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have set their sights on beating Chelsea to sign a 26-year-old Premier League star.