Kevin Phillips was perplexed as to why West Ham would seek to sell Felipe Anderson as Arsenal contemplate a shock move for the Brazilian striker.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa forward, speaking exclusively to Football insider correspondent Dylan Childs, called the 27-year-old “a class act” who is a “fantastic player” when in top form.
This site revealed in June that the Hammers were looking to cash in on the winger this summer to help ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Football insider understands that Arsenal have set their sights on the former Lazio star with Mikel Arteta, a great admirer of the player.
The Irons signed Anderson in 2018 in what was then a record-breaking £ 36million deal, with performance-related additions that could push those fees up to £ 42million.
When requested by Football insider If the Hammers regretted letting the Brazilian go, Phillips said:
“I’m surprised they’re looking to sell it because I think it’s a class act.
“The only reason I think they would look to sell it is to free up some money to bring in someone else they think is better.
“When Felipe Anderson is in good shape and shooting, he’s a fantastic player. I am very surprised to learn that they would even consider selling it. David Moyes knows a lot more than I do. “
Anderson, who only has two years left on his London Stadium contract, made 27 appearances last season with Pablo Fornals being preferred on the left wing.
David Moyes has already lost a winger in this transfer window after Grady Diangana put pen to paper on a five-year deal at West Brom after an £ 18million deal was struck, including additions -ons.
In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie advises the Goal Machine to join this summer after the £ 9million deal.