West Ham United boss David Moyes has told the club’s official website that he didn’t expect to lose winger Felipe Anderson.
The Hammers travel to take on Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon, facing a difficult task against Jose Mourinho’s side.
They at least head into the game having made a big signing on Friday, with Brentford winger Said Benrahma arriving on loan with a view to a permanent move.
Benrahma won’t be eligible to play today, but his arrival at least brings some positivity to the London Stadium – and gives Moyes another wide man moving forward.
The Algerian has been signed to replace Felipe Anderson, after West Ham chose to send the Brazilian off on loan to Portuguese side Porto.
Just over two years ago, West Ham splashed the cash to sign Anderson from Lazio for £35million, possibly rising to £42million.
Anderson starred in his first season, but wasn’t able to stay at that level consistently, and having failed to convince Moyes, he’s now left West Ham for the season.
Moyes has now told the West Ham official website that he didn’t actually expect Anderson to leave, which left the Hammers with a decision on whether to sign a replacement – and they decided on Benrahma.
“On Deadline Day we lost Felipe Anderson so that changed a bit of the balance of the squad. We didn’t expect to lose Felipe and it gave us a bit of an opening to decide if we wanted to go for somebody else. We decided to go for Saïd Benrahma and it came off,” he added.