Controversial so-called ‘super agent’ Kia Joorabchian is reportedly key to West Ham United’s hopes of offloading Felipe Anderson to Lazio.
Joorabchian is a name that jars with many West Ham fans.
In many ways he should be remembered fondly in east London given he was the man who facilitated the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at West Ham in one of the most remarkable transfer deals in modern history.
Tevez helped keep the Hammers up and is a cult hero to supporters. But it came at a price after West Ham were deemed to have broken third party ownership rules and Sheffield United were awarded a staggering £20 million in compensation as they were relegated that fateful season.
West Ham fans well aware of controversial ‘super agent’ Kia Joorabchian
To make matters worse West Ham were also hit with a £5 million fine by the Premier League.
Salt was then rubbed in the wound when Joorabchian whisked Tevez away to Man United after the brief romance.
Joorabchian was also linked with a failed takeover bid of West Ham around the same time, as reported by the likes of the Telegraph.
Now it turns out the Iranian is at the centre of the deal which looks set to see West Ham sell £35m Brazilian winger Anderson back to Lazio for just £2.5m.
The man who brought Tevez and Mascherano to West Ham said to be key to Anderson’s Lazio return
Anderson is going into the last year of his contract. And after a miserable couple of seasons his value is understandably low.
Recent reports claimed West Ham were willing to let Anderson go for nothing just to get his £80,000 per week wages off the club’s books.
But new reports in Italy claim Joorabchian is set to seal a deal between West Ham and Lazio which will see Anderson return to Italy for around £2.5m with the Hammers getting 50% of any future sale.