Felipe Anderson could make West Ham transfer return early if Porto land Brazil cult hero Hulk from Shanghai SIPG

WEST HAM outcast Felipe Anderson could make an early return to the club – but only if Porto land Brazilian cult hero Hulk first, reports say.

Anderson could be viewed as surplus to requirement and have his loan cut short if Hulk, currently playing for China's Shanghai SIPG, fancies a move back to a club where he has already spent four years.

Jornal Record report that this could happen in January, only three months after misfiring Anderson joined Porto on a season-long loan.

Hulk, 34, may be the more exciting player for fans, boasting 57 goals in 99 games during his spell at the Estádio do Dragão between 2008-2012.

He also managed to continue his strong scoring form when he moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg after and since he's arrived in China.

Hulk is also known for his big personality and reportedly at one stage in his career was attracting the interest of many Premier League clubs.

Anderson, in contrast, has produced flashes of brilliance for West Ham but fans grew frustrated at his inconsistent performance levels since he arrived for £36m in 2018.

He claimed 12 goals and 12 assists in his 72 appearances but had slipped down David Moyes' pecking order this season.

The former Lazio man only started three Carabao Cup games before being shipped out.

At one stage he was linked with a move to Arsenal, with West Ham keen to let him go.

The 27-year-old was viewed as a luxury item who they could not afford to keep.

If he returns, he will join a West Ham team who have made a decent start to the season.

Although they sit 11th, eye-catching wins over Leicester and Wolves – plus one ridiculous draw against Tottenham – has demonstrated the potential of the team.

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