According to reports in The Telegraph, Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins is one of four players to have requested to cancel their contracts with the Portuguese club – meaning he could be available on a free transfer this summer – and West Ham United should snap him up instead of signing Lazio’s Felipe Anderson.
The Telegraph report that the Portugal international – along with teammates Bas Dost, William Carvalho and Bruno Fernandes – have all filed notice that they will be breaking their current deals, claiming “just cause” after a group of supporters broke into the training ground and attacked some players last month.
The relationship between those stars and president Bruno de Carvalho has also been strained, especially after they missed out on Champions League qualification.
Martins was one of the shining lights in a disappointing 2017/18 campaign however, as he often caused chaos from the flank as he scored 13 goals and provided a further 13 assists in 52 appearances, according to Transfermarkt.
The 23-year-old showed his dribbling ability by successfully completing 111 dribbles in 42 outings in Liga Nos, the Champions League and the Europa League meanwhile, while he made 56 key passes and won two fouls per game during those 42 fixtures, as per WhoScored.com.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is also reportedly targeting a £45m-rated former Premier League attacker to ensure Irons forget about Manuel Lanzini’s injury blow, has been heavily linked with a move for Lazio winger Anderson as he looks to add some pace and a more youthful feel to his team, but perhaps he should turn his attentions to Martins now – especially if the speedy Portuguese wideman is available for nothing.