Everton have reportedly been offered West Ham midfielder Felipe Anderson, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 27-year-old endured a difficult season at the London Stadium last term, with just one goal and four assists for a side battling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.
Anderson, who cost the Hammers a then club record £36million in 2018, was shipped out on loan to Porto in October but isn’t having the best of times there either.
The Brazilian was linked with Everton earlier this month, with TEAMtalk claiming Ancelotti was contemplating a move for him ahead of sanctioning Bernard’s departure from Goodison Park.
The outlet claimed that Moyes has “little appetite” in bringing Anderson back to the fold and, as such, a loan move to a Premier League rival would come under consideration
However, Romano has claimed on Twitter that the Toffees are the ones who have been approached about Anderson, before playing down any interest from their end.
Felipe Anderson has been offered but he’s not a priority at the moment
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 2021
Anderson impressed under Manuel Pellegrini, scoring nine goals in his first season as the Hammers finished 10th in the Premier League table, but soon fell out of favour following the appointment of David Moyes, becoming a peripheral figure.
Although he’s currently having a tough time amid a lack of first-team minutes, Ancelotti is a manager who can get the best out of such players – James Rodriguez was very much in the same boat before joining Everton and now he’s doing really well.
Former teammate Robert Snodgrass sang his praises in 2018, telling the Evening Standard: “He is always in the gym, trying to do better… he is a good professional, it is a simple as that.
“He is working so hard to do what he is doing week in, week out. I am happy for him and long may it continue. He is a good lad. It is great to see him scoring goals because he is a terrific talent.”
However, if he’s not a priority for Ancelotti at the moment, then perhaps it’s a path that can be revisited in the summer.