West Ham United have gotten considerably stronger over the past few weeks, and The Hammers have added another stellar piece to their attacking line with the arrival of cultured midfielder Felipe Anderson, who joins the London-based side from Lazio.
West Ham will pay an initial club-record £35m to Lazio with the deal potentially rising to £42m with performance-based add-ons, making him the most expensive player ever at West Ham, but that comes tied to the pressure that comes with such a deal.
The Brazilian passed his medical with the club on Saturday before agreeing personal terms and has already been unveiled as the team’s new signing. The Brazilian becomes West Ham’s eighth signing for the upcoming season. The team already added Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Ryan Fredericks, Reece Oxford, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko.
“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.”
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder featured 177 times for Lazio, and registered 34 goals with 42 assists. West Ham will be the third club of his career since he played for Santos before making the jump to the Serie A.