West Ham are in talks with Al-Ain regarding a potential loan move for Felipe Anderson, according to a report from French outlet Foot Mercato.
Anderson’s immediate future looks to be up in the air. He has struggled to make an impression during his time with Porto and it now appears that he is set to spend the second-half of the season elsewhere.
According to Foot Mercato, he has been given permission to seek another loan. And it appears that he could be offered the chance to move to the UAE.
Foot Mercato claims that Al-Ain want the 27-year-old and have begun talks with the Hammers. However, it is stated that they want to take him on a free loan with no option to buy included.
Understandably, West Ham reportedly want some kind of fee for Anderson. So it would appear that there may be some way to go before the Brazilian is off to Abu Dhabi.
West Ham are surely right to try and make the deal as financially lucrative as possible. Anderson earns £85,000-a-week, according to Spotrac.
And given that they paid £36 million to sign him in the first place (via BBC Sport), they will surely want him to go somewhere that may inspire a boost in his value before the summer.
Joining Al-Ain would arguably make that difficult. He would go somewhat off the radar of the European clubs that may be tempted to spend a substantial sum on him at some stage in the future.
But with talks reportedly ongoing, it appears that West Ham are yet to shut that door completely.