Everton consider £22.5 million beast as Bernard replacement

Everton eye West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson.

The January transfer window is brewing some interesting transfer stories and rumours across Europe. Everton seem to be a very busy side with a number of reports suggesting possible arrivals and departures.

The Bernard story remains to buzz despite Carlo Ancelotti stating that no player has come up to him and asked for a departure. AS Roma want the Brazilian as they aim to reinforce their attacking options. Everton want to redeem Robin Olsen permanently. AS Roma are open to a swap deal for Bernard and Olsen along with some amount of cash in Everton’s favour.

If the former Shakhtar Donetsk man eventually leaves Goodison Park, the Toffees will have to find an able replacement. Everton will have to explore attacking options in the market as even Cenk Tosun’s future remains uncertain.

According to TEAMtalk, Everton are pondering over a move for estranged West Ham United forward Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian is on loan at FC Porto but has endured a tough time with the Portuguese club. Unwanted at West Ham, he was loaned to Porto so that he could regain some of his lost charm but lack of game time in Liga NOS hasn’t done any favours to him.

Anderson was brought to the Premier League by Manuel Pellegrini when he the Chilean was in charge of the London club. Under Pellegrini, Anderson was explosive, brimming with confidence and a deciding factor in games for West Ham. Despite a turbulent start, Pellegrini stuck with the Brazilian and he was rewarded.

However, Anderson started to fade and eventually hit the rock bottom of form at West Ham. His plunge was reminiscent of West Ham’s state and eventually, Pellegrini was sacked. David Moyes was not a big fan of Anderson, pushing him out of the eleven, breaking the last bit of Anderson’s confidence. Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti might feel that he can revive the 27 year old’s career at Goodison Park.

Felipe Anderson a direct replacement to Bernard?

On paper, Anderson (rated at £22.5 million by Transfrmarkt) is much more valuable than Bernard. The former Lazio man is a talented attacker capable of pulling off audacious dribbles and getting past his markers with electrifying pace. The biggest quality he has is that you cannot tag him as a player of one position.

Anderson possesses all the qualities of a winger, can turn into an inside forward and even play in a free No.10 role. Bernard doesn’t offer so many options. However, taking into account the current situation Anderson finds himself in, he’ll have to be moulded and wielded again to match the level of the Premier League.

So, the big question is, should Everton and Ancelotti take the risk of revitalizing Anderson? His qualities make him too big to neglect. Everton must give it a try on a temporary basis. Hammers are open to a loan move. The Toffees can acquire him on loan and try Anderson as a Bernard replacement should the 28 year old leave.