West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Lazio attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee of approximately £40million.
The Brazilian completed a medical on Friday and subsequently put pen to paper on a four-year contract at London Stadium until 2022.
Anderson becomes the second new signing of the weekend for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham, who announced the arrival of Paraguay defender Fabian Balbuena on Saturday with Winston Reid set to be sidelined for three months.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere were both recruited last week, while Lukasz Fabianski and Ryan Fredericks have also joined.
The Hammers had already set a new transfer record this summer with a £22m deal for Issa Diop. They have also seen an £18m offer for experienced centre-back Marcelo rebuffed by Lyon and remain interested in the likes of Alfie Mawson and Yerry Mina.
‘I feel really happy and fulfilled to join West Ham United,’ Anderson told West Ham’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.’
Anderson spent five years in Serie A after moving from Santos in 2013 and made 177 appearances for Lazio across all competitions, scoring 34 goals and registering 42 assists while lifting the 2017 Supercoppa Italiana.
He earned one senior international cap for Brazil in 2015 and won a gold medal with his country at the 2016 Olympic Games on home soil in Rio de Janeiro.