West Ham and Felipe Anderson have £75m ‘gentleman’s agreement’

The Hammers smashed their transfer record to lure the 25-year-old to the London Stadium from Lazio last summer.

The £35m move which saw him swap Serie A for the Premier League was a landmark deal for West Ham.

And while Anderson’s form has taken a significant dip in 2019, he has shown evidence of why the east Londoners forked out to land Manuel Pellegrini his top target upon arriving as manager.

West Ham’s No.8 has eight goals and four assists in 31 Premier League appearances this term.

Saturday’s 2-0 dismal defeat at home to Everton was the first top-flight game Anderson has not started all season.

He picked up a small knock while away on international duty with Brazil, having regained his place in the squad after shining in England.

With the summer transfer window looming, though, and European football now very unlikely to be retuning to the London Stadium for next season, West Ham are said to be growing concerned.

Anderson was brought in to help lead the club’s push towards the next level which would see them challenge in the top eight.

Anderson does not have an official buyout clause in his contract at the London Stadium.

However, Bleacher Report add a gentleman’s agreement means the left-winger would be allowed to go if a bid in the region of £75m came in.

Real Madrid have been linked as a potential destination this year as a back-up option if the club fail to land Eden Hazard from Chelsea.

Scouts from many of Europe’s leading clubs have been watching his progress at West Ham, visiting the London Stadium.

West Ham, though, are intent on keeping their most expensive ever signing and a new contract could be tabled that would keep him around for the 2019/20 campaign.

Anderson has said before he wants to become a legend in east London like ex-Lazio and West Ham forward Paolo Di Canio, but it is also suggested he is an ambitious player intent on pushing himself as far as he can go in his career.

In the more immediate future, Anderson is expected to return to West Ham’s starting XI at Chelsea on Monday night (8pm), with Pellegrini having confirmed today he is back in full training.

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