On Tuesday afternoon, FC Porto announced that they had secured West Ham attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson to a one-year loan deal. The Brazilian had previously struggled to make an impression since joining the Hammers on a club-record transfer fee back in 2018, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that David Moyes and company were ready to let him go.
Anderson first made it to the London Stadium back in the summer of 2018. He was signed by the Hammers for a then-record transfer fee of around 36 million pounds from Lazio during a window when the club was attempting to grab as many players as they possibly could. Along with Anderson, West Ham picked up more 12 players, including current goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and center back Issa Diop. As of right now, six of those 2018 debutants are currently not with the club.
There were probably quite a few factors that went into this decision. Anderson had by all accounts failed to reach the heights his club expected, having only bagged 24 goals+assists in 73 matches. Additionally, Anderson failed to find consistent play time even after arriving in such a high profile manner. If he had cost the club only half of the actual fee, he might still be at the club because expectations for him would be much lower.
Joining Anderson to Porto is Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, who has long been on the Reds’ loan merry-go-round. Prior to this move, the Serbian has had loan spells at Cardiff City and Hertha Berlin. Before finalizing the move, he appeared in two matches for his parent club and even scored his first career goal with them.
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