Manuel Pellegrini is “putting pressure” on West Ham co-owner David Sullivan to sign Lazio forward Felipe Anderson, according to Felipe Anderson.
Ex-WHU Employee, who is an excellent source of Hammers news, revealed in an exchange with a supporter on Sunday night that the Londoners are still working on a deal to land the 25-year-old after many weeks of talks.
He explained the transfer is not yet down and that new manager Manuel Pellegrini is putting the squeeze on Sullivan to push the deal over the line.
We are still trying to sign him but the deal is still not agreed with Lazio. MP is putting pressure on DS to sign the player https://t.co/fgSlgeAVEP
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 1, 2018
Anderson stands only at 5ft 9in (source: Transfermarkt), but his on-off transfer is casting a huge shadow over West Ham’s summer transfer plans. Can the Londoners seal the deal that Pellegrini is said to want more than any other before the 9 August deadline? There have been a number of times when the transfer appeared just hours away, as West Ham attempted to finalise negotiations with Lazio. But the word from those reporting on the deal is that the goalposts have been moved by the Serie A club on a number of occasions, which has made it difficult for West Ham to complete a deal that could cost nearly £40million. The highest reported offer from the Hammers to date is £38million, although the figure could go far beyond that if bonuses and add-ons are taken into account. Sullivan is clearly still pulling the transfer strings, despite the recent appointment of Mario Husillos as the new director of football.