By Darren Bent

29th Jul, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Wow' - Exclusive: Bent savages West Ham ace he was once raving over as Irons plot big sale

Darren Bent claims that West Ham will have to take a big hit on Felipe Anderson as they prepare to sell the attacker this summer.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he was impressed by the 27-year-old when he first arrived in east London but that he has been a huge disappointment.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Hammers are plotting to cash in on Anderson and are looking to recoup the £36million spent on his signing back in 2018.

Bent has ripped into the forward’s lack of fight and his inconsistency and admits it is no surprise he is set for the exit door this summer.

Bent told Football Insider: “He showed flashes at the very start where I thought: ‘Wow, they’ve got a player here’ but there have been way too many 4/10 performances.

“There were times where someone like Michail Antonio might not be as pleasing on the eye as Lanzini or Felipe Anderson but at least I know 100 per cent when it comes to go to war and battle, there are going to be certain guys, like Antonio, that are going to go to war with me.

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“As far as Felipe Anderson goes, no fight, nothing. Way too many below-average performances and I’m not surprised they’re looking to offload him because he didn’t do anything for them.

“They’re going to have to take a big hit but at the end of the day you can’t have too many of those players when they aren’t performing week in, week out.” 

Anderson has played a total of 67 times for the Hammers, with 11 goals and 10 assists under his belt.

However, he started just one game following the restart of the Premier League after a disappointing campaign for the Brazil international.

In other West Ham news, Danny Mills has tipped an “incredible” Hammers talent to leave after a club development.

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