'West Ham will be trying to strike a deal' - Exclusive: Top pundit reacts to Romano's reveal
West Ham are considering cutting short Felipe Anderson’s Porto loan spell but Noel Whelan has warned the club of being saddled with the player’s “massive wages.”
The ex-Milwall man made his comments in exclusive conversation with Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge after transfer authority Fabrizio Romano reported that the Hammers are considering Anderson’s Porto future.
Anderson signed for West Ham in a club-record deal worth £36million in July 2018 but was frustrating in his inconsistency during his two full seasons at the London Stadium and was loaned to Porto at the start of the season.
Felipe Anderson could come back to West Ham from Porto loan. He’s not playing and #whufc are now considering to call him back and look for new solutions in the market this January. 🇧🇷 #transfers #porto
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 5, 2021
According to Whelan, West Ham will be desperately trying to arrange a way of getting the Brazillian — who earns £100,000 a week — off the wage bill.
He told Football Insider: “You kind of thought to yourself when he went out there to Porto, this is where he can resurrect his career a little bit and maybe shine a little bit more out there in that league but it’s not been the case.
“Again, West Ham are going to be stuck with massive wages with a player that they don’t want unless they can get him back out on loan with another team.
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“They’ll be working very, very hard in the background to try and strike a deal, a loan, sorted out because like you said, a player that they paid a lot of money for, that had a lot of potential, is now beginning to dwindle down when nobody really wants a player like that.
“They’re losing money and they can’t afford to lose more money. I mean £25million they’ve just lost on Haller, what are they going to lose on him as well? It’s not good business in this kind of climate.”
Anderson has made just two substitute appearances for Porto in the league and has not featured at all in the competition since October.
It is a dramatic fall from grace for the player West Ham called “one of the most exciting talents in European football” upon his arrival.