West Ham are looking to end the unproductive time of Felipe Anderson at Porto and try to protect the value of the Brazilian winger by finding him a new loan club.
Since his loan to Porto in October, Anderson has failed, making just three appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese champions.
It is suspected that Porto boss Sérgio Conceição had concerns about signing the 27-year-old.
In the summer, West Ham may want to sell Anderson and may be struggling to get a high price because he has barely played this season.
Anderson may transfer temporarily to another European club this month if his time at Porto is cut short, although a permanent switch is impossible.
When they signed Anderson from Lazio in the summer of 2019 for £ 37 million, West Ham smashed their transfer record. As Manuel Pellegrini led the club to 10th position in the Premier League, he impressed in his first season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions.
However, as results declined last season, Anderson’s star faded and when David Moyes replaced Pellegrini as West Ham manager in December 2019, he found himself out of favor. With only one goal, he finished the season and found himself on the bench as Moyes saved West Ham from relegation.
West Ham were ready to sell Anderson last summer, but the financial fallout from the Covid 19 pandemic meant buyers were thin on the ground for a player making around £115,000 a week.
For Marko Arnautovic, who left the club for Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG in controversial circumstances 18 months ago, the club considered a daring loan move. However, on a wage of £ 300,000 per week, a reconciliation with the Austrian striker is highly doubtful.