West Ham United’s staying power will be tested as they seek to renew attempts to land 25-year-old Lazio winger Felipe Anderson, but the prospect of any imminent deal appears to have stalled at present.
The Brazilian, who can also play as a number 10, has been heavily linked with a move to east London in recent weeks but reports in Italy suggest the Serie A side are refusing to budge from their €40 million valuation.
With Manuel Pellegrini beginning to shape his new squad, the Hammers were reportedly close to agreeing a deal the week before last with both sides appearing keen to do business.
However sources close to the deal suggest that any transfer is unlikely to be completed unless West Ham increase their current offer of €35 million plus ad ons.
On paper at least, Anderson appears to fit the mould as United eye replacements for the injured Manuel Lanzini, who faces an extended spell on the sidelines following an ACL injury.
But if the West Ham board continue to be frustrated by Lazio’s unwillingness to budge from their original asking price, the club could quickly turn their attentions to other targets.