West Ham could be offered the chance to sign Mexico star Hirving Lozano as part of Napoli’s attempts to snatch Felipe Anderson, according to reports in Italy.
Anderson has established himself as a key player at the London Stadium since joining from Lazio in 2018, making more than 50 Premier League appearances and scoring 10 goals – although only one of those has come in what has been an injury-ridden 2019-20 season.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old is one of West Ham’s most valuable assets, with his form for the Hammers earning him a recall to the Brazilian national team for the first time in four years midway through last season.
However, he could soon be lured back to Italy, with Corriere Dello Sport claiming that Napoli will try to tempt West Ham into selling by giving them the chance to sign Hirving Lozano in a swap deal.
Lozano was one of the standout stars of the 2018 World Cup, even though Mexico were eliminated in the Round of 16 – and at the time, he was attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham.
Instead, he chose to join Napoli in the summer of 2019, although he has been restricted to just eight Serie A starts and could call time on his Italian adventure after just one season.
According to the Italian report, Napoli would be willing to replace him with Anderson, if they can find the finances to afford the Brazilian.
One way to reduce the sum would be to offer Lozano in return, in what would be a blow to fellow Premier League side Everton, who are hoping to reunite the winger with Carlo Ancelotti, the man who took him to Napoli in the first place.
One of the alternatives mentioned for Napoli if West Ham won’t let Anderson leave is Chelsea and Tottenham target Jeremie Boga.
The winger has flourished at Sassuolo this season, prompting the Blues to consider activating a buyback clause – but now, Napoli could threaten their offer.
Liverpool target Milot Rashica is also mentioned as a Napoli target within the report, as the Reds mull over a £35m bid for the Werder Bremen star.