Bad news for West Ham as Chelsea reportedly prepare improved offer for Felipe Anderson

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio competes for the ball with FC Internazionale players during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Olimpico on May 20, 2018 in Rome,...

West Ham United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing the Brazilian.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio looks on during the serie A match between SS Lazio and Bologna FC at Stadio Olimpico on March 18, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

According to a report from Italian media outlet CalcioNews24, Chelsea are set to submit an improved offer to Lazio for the services of Felipe Anderson, in what will be concerning news for West Ham.

The Hammers are reportedly in talks to sign the Brazilian ace, according to Sky Sports, although they are reluctant to meet Lazio's £44 million valuation of the player.

Bruno Martellaof Crotone competes for the ball with Felipe Anderson of Lazio during the serie A match between FC Crotone and SS Lazio at Stadio Comunale Ezio Scida on May 13, 2018 in...

Anderson was in fine form for his club last season, chalking up eight goals and 10 assists in 32 appearances in all competitions.

His fine performances did not go unnoticed, with some of Europe's biggest clubs thought to be chasing his signature.

West Ham were reportedly leading the race to sign the 25-year-old, but CalcioNews24 claim this morning that Chelsea are preparing an improved offer for the Lazio ace.

Felipe Anderson  of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Rafael Toloi Atalanta BC during the serie A match between SS Lazio and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on May 6, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Unfortunately for the Hammers, there is no way that they will be able to compete financially with the Blues, and the only real advantage that they have over their London rivals is the fact that they can offer Anderson the guarantee of first-team football.

Much will depend on the player's ambition, but if Chelsea are intent on signing him, West Ham's hopes of snaring the Brazilian seem to be fading by the day.

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