West Ham United have smashed their club transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio.
It has been an incredibly busy summer for the Hammers, with the West Ham board seeming to have finally taken on board the fans’ criticisms over a perceived lack investment in the squad in recent years.
David Moyes kept the club in the Premier League last season, but despite his efforts was replaced by former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini, with the board seeming keen to give him the necessary resources for a better season this time round.
The East London club have already made six signings already this summer, with Jack Wilshere, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski and Fabian Balbuena all arriving at the London Stadium.
They have now confirmed the signing of Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson who moves to the London Stadium in a deal worth up to £40 million, eclipsing the previous transfer record.
Anderson, who has one cap for Brazil and has been linked with Manchester United in previous transfer windows, has expressed his happiness at finally moving to the Premier League:
“I feel really happy and fulfilled to join West Ham United,” Anderson told whufc.com.
“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.”