West Ham's latest bid, according to a report from Goal, stands at £31 million, with an additional £6 million in add-ons. However, Lazio are reportedly after a figure closer to £50 million, which the Hammers will no doubt be reluctant to pay.
Felipe Anderson is currently on the books at Serie A side SS Lazio, yet his place at the Biancoceleste was largely taken from him by stand-out star Luis Alberto last season. Anderson wants a move to a club that can guarantee him football and his reported belief is that West Ham can do just that.
Anderson took to Twitter on Sunday and it was was initially believed to be a hint at his move away, yet his Instagram account confirmed that he was leaving his family in Brazil to come back to Italy. Anderson's tweet read: "Long live the goodbyes, and all that they teach us."
Viva as despedidas e a tudo o que elas nos ensinam!— Felipe Anderson (@F_Andersoon) July 1, 2018
There is a thought, however, that Anderson intentionally tweeted so cryptically, to suggest that a move to West Ham could be imminent, although that is unconfirmed.
Naturally, West Ham fans took to Twitter to react to Felipe Anderson's tweet, with many believing that this was the player himself confirming a move.
Do Hammers fans have right to be optimistic, or are they perhaps just jumping the gun?
Yes mate... Yeeees— West Ham Italy (@martelliditalia) July 1, 2018
The date is June 2019.. England approach the anniversary of the World Cup win, West Ham are still lining the streets of the capital following a Penalty time winner from Anderson to lift the premier league ...— Wiz (@Wizzzzzza) July 1, 2018
Come to West Ham— Bobby Glanville (@bobby_irons6) July 1, 2018
COME ON MATE WEST HAM— joe (@RemarkableRice) July 1, 2018
Welcome to West Ham COYIwe are gonna love ya— justin (@jubey787) July 1, 2018
Me waiting six weeks for you to join West Ham only for you to write this tweet and sign for Besiktas or someone pic.twitter.com/5N4U43UEPF— Darren Chapman (@darrenchapman7) July 1, 2018
Long live the hellos! Welcome to West Ham and tearing up the premier league! :-)— Paul Hickin (@GramscianPaul) July 1, 2018