Felipe Anderson is a target for UAE Pro-League side Al Ain but West Ham want a loan fee before they ship the unwanted winger out, according to Foot Mercato.
The Brazilian is currently on loan at Portuguese giants Porto but he has only played four times for them which is less than he has played for the Hammers this season (five) before he made the October switch.
Due to the severe lack of game time it is understood West Ham may look to recall Anderson and send him back out on loan in order to preserve his value (the Guardian).
Foot Mercato are reporting that Al Ain, the most successful club in the UAE with a record 13 UAE Pro-Leagues, are in the market for a “hard-hitting and effective winger in the one on one” and have targeted Anderson.
However, while they would prefer a free loan with an option to buy, presumably covering some of his wages, West Ham would like a loan fee to accompany the deal.
They report that discussions are still ongoing between the sides as Anderson seeks to resurrect his ailing career.
The Hammers now have a big decision on their hands on whether to accept these terms or wait for another club to register their interest.
The mid-way point of January is fast approaching and the club will be desperate to find a solution for their one-time £35million record signing.
A loan deal with no fee attached is not the most attractive of deals and would only likely be considered if the entirety of his wages are covered.
Per Transfermarkt Anderson’s West Ham contract runs out in June 2022 so the clock is ticking for the club to recoup as much money as possible, with his current market value already down to £22.5million.
In a league not considered as reputable in Europe Anderson’s stock is unlikely to rise by playing in the UAE so it is important that the Hammers invoke a mandatory fee at the end of his loan contract to avoid having to ship him out again in the summer.
Bringing him back as a squad option in the Premier League is not completely out of the question but it appears highly unlikely given David Moyes has a steady rotation of attacking midfielders at the club and is more interested in signing a recognised striker to replace Sebastien Haller.
Anderson is at another crossroads in his West Ham career, and it would be advisable for all parties if the two now part for good.
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