By Noel Whelan

9th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Whelan blasts West Ham 'flop' Anderson amid 'terrible' Sky update

Noel Whelan has admitted West Ham need to cut their losses and get Felipe Anderson “off the wage bill” this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker insisted the 28-year-old had turned out to be “awful business” for the Irons.

As reported by Sky Italy (July 8th), West Ham are in advanced talks to sell Anderson back to Lazio for £2.6million, with a 50 per cent sell-on clause included in the terms of the deal.

The Brazilian joined the Hammers for a club-record fee of £36million from Lazio back in 2018.

He spent the majority of last season on loan with Portuguese giants Porto.

Whelan admitted he did not see West Ham getting much more money from their sell-on clause.

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“That’s awful business. Terrible,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“For a player that came with so much flair, promise and ability, he never managed to produce it at West Ham. That’s a lot of money to spend on a player that gave you very little.

“You’re getting very little back, but I guess you’ve got to think about the wages that he’s making right now. Just to get him off the wage bill, I don’t expect anything back from him to be quite honest with you.

“Even with the 50 per cent sell-on clause, he’s never going to get close to a £36million move again. He’s going to end up probably signing a three-year contract so that’s going to take him to 30.

“It’s one of those you put down as a player that could have been fantastic but never materialised into that.

“They wasted a lot of money but you’ve got to move on from that. Every team and every club have had a player like that. Right now, he’s not the sort of player that West Ham need.

“He didn’t do the tracking back, he didn’t do the horrible side of the game. Yes, there were moments of flair. That £36million quality they bought him for.

“But let’s be honest, he was a flop at West Ham.

In other news, David Sullivan in West Ham talks to sign £15million-rated defender.