Felipe Anderson's reported transfer request reflects well on West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Manchester,...

The Lazio winger is reportedly set to hand in a transfer request with West Ham United very interested.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio looks on during the serie A match between SS Lazio and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Olimpico on April 22, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Tuttomercatoweb reports that Lazio's Felipe Anderson is set to hand in a transfer request, with West Ham United interested in bringing the Brazilian to the Premier League.

The Hammers upped their bid for the player to £35million plus add-ons a few days ago, according to Sky Sports, with a determination to move the deal through as quickly as possible.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio competes for the ball with Edin Dzeko of AS Roma during the serie A match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on April 15, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Anderson's reasons for his request would certainly be varied and shouldn't be seen as desperation to play for West Ham, however, the request itself certainly can be viewed as evidence of the clubs potential attraction to players.

Once strongly linked with Manchester United, Anderson wouldn't be without his options should he choose to leave but he knows full well that West Ham are at the front of any queue.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Marquez Guilherme of Benevento Calcio during the serie A match between SS Lazio and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on March 31,...

He would be under no illusions that they're the club most likely to push through a deal at the fee Lazio would want and so viewing them as a greener pasture for him is undoubted praise for West Ham.

The 25-year-old is after regular first-team football after falling out with people in Rome and, considering Lazio's excellent season that saw them narrowly miss out on Champions League football, the fact he entertains the idea of a happier career in London is real praise.

Luis Alberto of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Mykola Morozyuk of Dynamo Kiev during UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between Dynamo Kiev and Lazio at the  on March 15, 2018 in...

The important thing to remember is that West Ham aren't where they want to be - they're just moving there; if they can attract desire from players at this stage of their rebuild, then where can they be in a year if Manuel Pellegrini succeeds?

A big stadium, a respected coach, and real history behind them - West Ham are going places and, crucially, players might be starting to notice that.

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