West Ham United attacker Felipe Anderson’s trip to Rome is not just a holiday it seems.
Read: Surprise boost for West Ham transfer plans as Moyes could now get prime target for just £10m – report
The Brazilian has been in the Italian capital since the season ended.
And while there he has reportedly entered talks with former club Lazio over a return this summer.
Anderson Rome trip not just a holiday
That’s according to an inside source at West Ham speaking to Football Insider.
Anderson has been linked with a move away after enduring a poor second season with West Ham.
He dazzled in his debut season and looked to finally be a capable replacement for Dimitri Payet.
The 27-year-old has not hit those same heights since, though, and West Ham are looking for takers.
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh claim David Moyes must sell to buy in this window.
Napoli were heavily linked with a move for ‘dream signing’ Anderson (Daily Mail).
But Football Insider is now reporting that Anderson is in preliminary talks with Lazio chiefs over a return to the club.
Anderson Lazio talks underway – West Ham source
“A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Anderson, 27, and his representatives are holding preliminary discussions with Lazio chiefs over a potential move this summer,” Football Insider reports.
“Discussions are only at the early stages but they are a clear indicator that Anderson could be heading out of the Hammers in this transfer window.”
With West Ham desperate to raise funds for signings many might see that as good news.
But the fact Lazio are involved means West Ham might actually receive very little money from any deal.
Anderson became the club’s record £40million signing in 2018 when he joined from Lazio.
In most transfers – particularly big deals of that ilk – payments are spread over the duration of the player’s contract.
As a crude estimate, two years into a four-year deal West Ham could have as much as £20million still owing to Lazio.
And in the current circumstances West Ham would likely accept as little as £20million for Anderson.
So an agreement with the Italian side, who are in the Champions League next season after missing out on the title by just five points, could mean just wiping the slate clean rather than an injection of funds for Moyes to spend elsewhere.
Would West Ham get any money from Anderson Lazio return?
That would save West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold money in the long-term and £100,000 per week in wages.
But it would not help Moyes sign his prime target replacement Eberechi Eze, who QPR value at £20million themselves (Evening Standard).
Some West Ham fans feel Anderson has been given a rough ride this season.
Yes he has not hit the same performance levels. But some supporters point to the fact the whole team has struggled for most of the campaign.
But Moyes wants to bring in young, energetic players hungry to prove themselves.
And Anderson has shown a particular lack of desire when he has played under the Scot since his return to West Ham at the turn of the year.
Anderson is expected to leave. But whether Moyes can expect to see any money as a result remains to be seen.