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West Ham swoop for Brazil international from Lazio for club-record fee

Felipe Anderson joins the Hammers in a deal worth €37 million.

Anderson arrives on a four-year deal.
Anderson arrives on a four-year deal.

WEST HAM HAVE announced the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio, with the deal expected to cost them €37 million.

The attacking midfielder has signed a four-year deal with the London side, and becomes Manuel Pellegrini’s seventh signing of a productive off-season following the arrivals of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Fabian Balbuena.

“I feel really happy and fulfilled to join West Ham United,” Anderson told the club’s official website. “West Ham is a club with a lot of tradition, lots of great players have played here, like Bobby Moore, Carlos Tevez and Di Canio.

“They were great players and idols here, and I’m aiming big, who knows, maybe I could hit their heights and be a legend here too. I’m really happy to be here. It’s a dream come true.

“I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games.”

Director of football Mario Husillos said: “We are very happy and pleased to welcome Felipe to West Ham United.

“We believe that we have signed one of the most exciting talents in European football. Felipe has shown a fantastic level of performance at Lazio in recent seasons and we believe that he will now bring that quality to the Premier League. He is also a player very suited to the style of Manuel Pellegrini.

“For West Ham United this is a very big statement, a club record, so we must thank the owners for their support and work in making this transfer possible.

“It is a negotiation that has taken some time but it is a very good sign that Felipe was determined to become a West Ham player, and we feel very confident that he will become a big success at London Stadium.”

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