West Ham could be prepared to lose Felipe Anderson on a free transfer this summer, despite the Brazilian still having 12 months remaining on his current contract with the club according to a report from Tuttomercatoweb.

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The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to Lazio in recent weeks (Noi Biancocelesti).

Anderson has been in woeful form over the past 18 months.

He made a fine start to life at West Ham after moving to the London Stadium from Lazio in the summer of 2018 for around £42 million (Reuters).

The Brazilian winger really struggled after the turn of the year midway through the 2019/20 campaign, however.

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West Ham winger Felipe Anderson in action during his loan spell with Porto (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Anderson was swiftly moved out to Porto on loan last summer. He struggled with the Portuguese giants as well.

West Ham losing Anderson on a free is collateral damage

Tuttomercatoweb claims that the 28-year-old could be set for a return to Lazio this summer.

 

The Hammers are so desperate to offload the South American that they are allegedly prepared to rip up his contract.

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Felipe Anderson in action for FC Porto last season (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

We think that despite the massive financial loss that would represent, moving Anderson on this summer will be absolutely essential.

Anderson wages a big problem

If there aren’t any clubs prepared to pay a fee for his services, it will be vital for the Hammers to get his £85k-a-week wages off the books (Spotrac).

That should enable Moyes to target players of a higher calibre this summer.

Sometimes you have to just accept a loss in order to move forward.

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Anderson just wasn’t suited to the Premier League. It’s time to move on for both the player and West Ham as a football club. Missing out on a transfer fee will be frustrating. But it would be better than keeping him at the London Stadium for another year and splashing out £4.4 million on his wages.

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