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Felipe Anderson - Signed

West Ham United complete Club record Felipe Anderson transfer

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the Club record signing of Lazio attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson.

Anderson joins Manuel Pellegrini’s side on a four-year contract, having completed five hugely-successful seasons in Italy with Lazio.

The Brazilian, who has been capped at senior level by his country, scored eight goals and assisted ten more in his 32 appearances for the Rome club last term.

Anderson’s undoubted creative ability was a key factor in the Club moving for the 25-year-old – the Hammers’ seventh signing of the summer so far after the arrivals of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Fabian Balbuena.

The man, himself, cannot wait to test himself in 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."

Director of Football Mario Husillos is delighted to have welcomed the winger to London Stadium and believes Anderson's signing shows the Club's intent for the coming campaign.

"We are very happy and pleased to welcome Felipe to West Ham United," Husillos said.

“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.”

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said: “Felipe was a main target of the manager so we are delighted we’ve been able to bring him to the Club.

“We’re very pleased with the business we’ve done so far and I hope the supporters are just as excited as we are about the squad we are building here at West Ham.

“The deal sees us significantly break our transfer record and we feel it’s a real statement of intent.”

Born in Santa Maria, Brazil, Anderson made his way in football with Sao Paolo side Santos, making his senior debut in October 2010, when he was just 17.

The following year he helped Santos win the Copa Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the Champions League – before heading to Europe to link up with Lazio in the summer of 2013.

He wasted little time in making his mark in Italy, scoring eleven goals in the 2014/15 campaign and playing a major role as Lazio reached the final of that season’s Coppa Italia.

In total he scored 34 goals in 177 Lazio appearances, lifting the 2017 Supercoppa Italiana along the way, and last term led the league in terms of dribbles, with an average of 5.4 per game.

He has also enjoyed success on the international stage, winning an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, and making his senior Selecao debut in a friendly against Mexico in 2015.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Felipe and his family to the Club and wish him every success in his career with the Hammers.

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Lily Hammer 2:48 Sun Dec 30
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Don’t mind me, Pagey. It’s nothing I haven’t seen before.

factory seconds 2:45 Sun Dec 30
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he's always been at least decent, even when we are shit he was still having little moments and putting his foot in when needed. he's got the most tackles in the team with 47. no-one else has over 40. he didn't make all them in the last month.

some people can't read a player to save their lives and only now he's one of form players in the league they are forced to accept it.

Mex Martillo 1:25 Sun Dec 30
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Cool, Anderson also links up well with Masuaku, they go up the left wing exchanging 1-2s like it was childs play. I love seeing that.

Pagey 1:10 Sun Dec 30
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Do you mind Lily? Westham67 and I were having a moment

Lily Hammer 1:09 Sun Dec 30
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*We CAN’T judge newcomers....etc

Lily Hammer 1:08 Sun Dec 30
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There’s no surprise that it took him time to settle into the English game; he’s still settling. Perfectly normal.

Payet was exceptional in many ways, none more so than how he hit the ground not running but flying with jets. We can judge newcomers on his start, it was utterly exceptional.

Westham67 1:08 Sun Dec 30
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I'll try my best

Pagey 1:07 Sun Dec 30
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Well stop it

Westham67 1:07 Sun Dec 30
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Thats what I do

Pagey 1:07 Sun Dec 30
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If someone is earning a fortune then effort is the bare minimum.

But I said that already, you just twisted it for some reason to make a pointless point.

Willtell 1:04 Sun Dec 30
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Except no-one suggested Anderson went straight from the airport to a play though did they FFS! He did play pre-season iirc and did look like he hadn't fully settled but he has gradually improved and will hopefully keep getting better...

Westham67 12:59 Sun Dec 30
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So Anderson jumps off a plane at LHR comes into a squad with 10 new players and a new manager in league he has never played in before but should be perfect because he gets a fat salary ?

AnotherDay_SameShit 12:51 Sun Dec 30
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Hardly surprising some were pissed off losing 4 straight and Anderson looked like he had never played football before.

Pagey 12:48 Sun Dec 30
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I think it’s more than fair to judge players in the moment. They are paid an absolute fortune and Anderson was offering nothing in the first couple of months. There was no work rate and very few glimpses of what he was capable of. Plus we’d all been spoilt with Payet so the natural thought process for many was, at £40m, he would replicate what Payet did - which was pretty much impossible.

He’s rightly getting the plaudits now and that’s because, not only has he settled in, the effort is there - and that goes a long way. We can all forgive someone for being off form as long as it looks like they actually give a shit.

As for Pellegrini, it was concerning at the start and a lot of us were rightly worried, but there were huge changes in the squad and there needed to be a complete overhaul of the mind set of the club too so thankfully we all remained patient and the rewards are there for all to see.

In the world of social media these days everyone has an opinion and often they’re instant and based on emotions rather than considered and balanced. We’re probably all guilty of that at times.

ironsofcanada 12:40 Sun Dec 30
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Looking a great transfer, even great value in today's market, we just had to have a little patience.

One other thing to consider, if things are going around you at way beyond a pace you are used to, you can either run around like a headless chicken or slow yourself down pretty much unconsciously. I would be willing to guess, Anderson was doing the latter until his head adjusted.

Just a guess but it has happened to me when I came back to a sport I had not played for years,

COOL HAND LUKE 12:32 Sun Dec 30
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I think it is even more simple than that - he didn't have the physique for the PL when he arrived here, and hence not the stamina either.

If you compare the man now to the weedy little geezer that first arrived, you can see why he is finding it much easier to function now.

In some respects, he has the same difficulties that Song and Payet had... he sees things ahead of some of his colleagues, and often when he 'gives the ball away' it is the result of having expected a team-mate to play a part in a move that they haven't even seen coming.

I've also noticed he plays well off Obiang, who provides good running in the channel inside him... No Obiang, and Felipe often finds the game more challenging. It will be interesting to see what happens when / if we get Manu back...

fraser 12:28 Sun Dec 30
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That touch that took 2 players out before he was taken out by their defender (nailed on booking) was sublime

Mex Martillo 12:20 Sun Dec 30
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The comments certainly were very toxic, which I guess reflected the mood
We’re nearly all happy Hammers now!

Full Claret Jacket 12:08 Sun Dec 30
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Mex, I wasn't shocked at the time. We were on a massive downer as a club and the mood was toxic.
You can't blame fans for needing proof that things were changing for the better.
This man Anderson was Pellegrinis target. He still hasn't got all his own team yet but he's managing to use the injuries to get existing players to prove their worth and stay in his plans. Starting to see improvement in a lot of the players who had gone stale.

I think there is a lot more to come from Anderson. I want to see him making the difference in the big matches like the best players in the world do.

Westham67 12:05 Sun Dec 30
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Westham67 12:05 Sun Dec 30
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I was genuinely ridiculous some times I get really pissed off with it and just can't be arsed to argue with them

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