West Ham should forget about Felipe Anderson and sign Carlos Vela instead

According to Italian media outlet La Repubblica on July 1, West Ham United are ready to end negotiations with Lazio over a club-record deal to sign winger Felipe Anderson, and the Irons should forget about him and try and sign Mexico international Carlos Vela instead.

What’s the word, then?

Felipe Anderson in action for Lazio

Well, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has been chasing the Brazilian for much of the summer so far, but the east London outfit have failed to make progress on a deal for the 25-year-old as they are only willing to pay €38m (£33.5m), while Lazio president Claudio Lotito demanding €45m (£40m) to sell.

While Anderson would clearly be a marquee addition for a fee that would smash the record fee they paid for Issa Diop earlier this summer, with a deal proving to be so difficult the Chilean manager may well be thinking about alternative targets, and former Arsenal attacker Vela may well be one that he should take a closer look at.

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Why should Pellegrini sign Vela?

While the Mexican international ultimately failed to make the grade with the Gunners, the 29-year-old Los Angeles FC star has certainly matured since then, and he has shown for his country at the 2018 World Cup that he still has plenty to offer.

While his nation were eventually beaten 2-0 by favourites Brazil in the last 16 in Russia on Monday, Vela showed the quality that he has against top opposition.

According to WhoScored the forward, who can play out wide, as a striker or as a No.10, had two shots at goal including one on target, while he also made four key passes as his side went in search of a goal.

If Pellegrini, who has been urged to re-sign a former Irons attacker by the fans, is looking for a player that can score, create and dribble, then he could certainly do a lot worse than signing the 29-year-old instead of Anderson, and likely for a far more reasonable fee.