Anderson Silva de Franca
- Born: 28/08/1982
- Birthplace: Sao Paolo, Brazil
- Nationality: Brazilian
Anderson de Silva, or Anderson Silva de França to give him his full name, is a Brazilian midfielder who was first 'signed' by the club late in 2005.
But having reached an agreement with Uruguayan club Montevideo over the player, Everton were unable to complete his registration because of immigration issues.
Instead, the former Racing Santander midfielder moved to CF Malaga on an extended loan. Having finally secured a European passport early in the 2006-2007 season, Everton renewed their interest in the player.
Having originally been targetted to add continental nous to an Everton squad set to embark on a European adventure in the Champions League at the start of the 2005-2006 season, de Silva's lack of football in the early part of the 2006-2007 season ensured that when he did sign for the club - on a six month short-term contract on January 2, 2007 - he was faced with the challenge of proving his fitness on the training ground and in reserve-team action before being considered for first-team action.
Although Brazilian, Anderson started his professional career in Chile with Santiago Wanderers. His performances earned him a move to Spain's La Liga with Racing Santander in 2003, where he played 68 times, netting an impressive 11 goals.
On December 11, 2006 the club announced at the Annual General Meeting that there was a possibility Anderson could join the club within weeks thanks to the resolution of his passport issues. de Silva arrived at the Bellefield training ground in mid-December but was unable to complete his playing registration until the opening of the transfer window on January 2.
He made just one substitute appearance during the 2006/07 season but it was enough to earn a 12-month contract extension at Goodison.
However opportunities were few and far between for the Brazilian and consequently Anderson joined Barnsley in the 2008 January transfer window.