West Ham United have had an impressive transfer window so far, having brought in Jack Wilshere on a free transfer and Ukrainian forward Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund for £18 million.
The addition of Anderson would be a huge coup for the East London side, but it is their transfer dealings at the other end of the pitch that could define their season.
West Ham manager Manuel Pelligrini was already intent on signing a new centre-back even before Winston Reid was ruled out for 3 months due to a knee problem.
The club has already seen a £25 million bid for Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles rejected, and should now turn their attention to either Chris Smalling or Phil Jones at Manchester United.
Manchester United are reportedly trying to bring in a central defender before the start of the 2018/19, with Toby thought to be Alderweireld high on their list, and now, according to the Daily Mail, the club are willing to pay £50 million to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
The arrival of a new centre-back will mean most likely mean Manchester United will need to offload a defender, and Jones or Smalling, who are likely candidates, would be an excellent addition to the West Ham backline.
Both are proven defenders with extensive Premier League experience and despite having failed to shine more recently at Old Trafford, at the age of 26 (Jones) and 28 (Smalling) respectively either would be a brilliant acquisition for Pelligrini moving forward.
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