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Barty 3:36 Tue Jun 19
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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the exile 7:01 Tue Mar 5
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I agree he's a bit off the boil at the moment - he blew hot and cold against Newcastle. He lost the ball several times in tight, close passing situations but then he was coming up with great interceptions and cross-field passes. He went on some great runs but the defenders were always trying to show him outside onto his weaker left foot. They also had someone waiting for him to cut inside, which he did EVERY time, and just about all of his promising runs came to nothing. If I noticed that I'm sure Pell must have done too. They really need to work on this with him.

Texas Iron 6:23 Tue Mar 5
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Gone off the boil recently...
Needs to shoot more often...
Very tightly marked...
Too many quick short tiky taky passes...
Probably thinking about staying fit for Brazil squad...subconsciously...
Still a likely match winner...

Eggbert Nobacon 10:55 Tue Mar 5
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Fifth Column 10:36 Mon Mar 4
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The reviews from Lazio fans was often that he was a confidence player, went through runs of great form and runs of poor form. I think we'll just have to accept that, at least until he's playing with a better quality of player.

If he played at or near top form every week we would never had had a chance of signing him in the first place

Sven Roeder 8:54 Tue Mar 5
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I notice that after he ran Newcastle ragged at their place they had two and sometimes three players trying to cover him on Saturday.
That's easier when we don't play Arnautovic and Antonio and they regarded Pea and Snodgrass as less of a threat in normal play.

Pellegrini has switched many of the other forward players in and out but picks Anderson every week.
He probably needs a break after a first Premier league season which is more demanding but expect he will have learnt a lot and will be better prepared next season.
Looking forward to him and Lanzini together once they have a few games to build an understanding. Having Arnie in there to hold the ball for them will also help as Pea is useless in general play.

daveyg 8:11 Tue Mar 5
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Spot on . I think he and Masuaka got in promising positions but then didn't go for the killer run and cross. Both gave the ball away to many times. At least Masuaka got the ball back several times but then again hoofed up field to know one.

I think Pellegrini is making us harder to beat and conceding less,4 goals in 5 games ,2 in 5 games at home. Compared to earlier in the season and our mad January we are set out to not let many in now. Probably is scared of getting to high up the pitch and not being able to come back. A third goal would settled those nerves but we hardly had a decent effort in the 2nd half.
Obiang coming on for Noble was a sure sign that Pellegrini was shutting up shop.

Fifth Column 10:36 Mon Mar 4
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The reviews from Lazio fans was often that he was a confidence player, went through runs of great form and runs of poor form. I think we'll just have to accept that, at least until he's playing with a better quality of player.

He was awful vs Man City and adequate vs Newcastle. Had that one great move and then needed to make a fairly simple pass to one of two players in space and played it to a Newcastle defender. I love him as our player, but he's not going to be great every match.

kylay 9:55 Mon Mar 4
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Any Old Iron 10:22 Sun Mar 3

Arnie being out of form or pitching a fit since January has left us with no real option up top. Anderson has no one to deliver to. Carroll was never going to be that person, and Chicharito is just a poacher. Teams have been isolating Anderson and basically saying "beat us with anyone else". His body language lately suggests to me he's a bit frustrated.

collyrob 11:02 Sun Mar 3
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I thought he was good yesterday.

Mex Martillo 10:32 Sun Mar 3
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For me he should be getting a lot more assists and a few more goals would also help. He should be getting close to Hazard and Sterling, I think he can do that.

Bruuuno, great song that and I’d agree he is a bit mellow at times.

bruuuno 10:28 Sun Mar 3
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No one doubts his ability but something ain’t right with him at the moment

Peckham 10:25 Sun Mar 3
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Thanks Any Old Iron. I thought he had turned a corner. But seems from your opinion and Brunos he has lost confidence.
I am sure El Pel will work on him again to better him, also with his call up for Brazil he needs to start shining to get in the starting 11 rather than squad. Hopefully this can motivate him again.

Any Old Iron 10:22 Sun Mar 3
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Any fool can see that Anderson is very skilled, but since Christmas he's been very ordinary.
The other night versus Man City he was appalling. Couldn't hold onto the ball for more than a second or two and missed most of his passes. In fact I'd go as far to say he looked a bit scared. His performance reminded me of Matt Etheringtons debut versus Millwall when he didn't want the ball to come anywhere near him.
He could be exceptional for us but he has to show some backbone and graft a bit.

Peckham 10:20 Sun Mar 3
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Bruno , have not seen the game. Listened on radio. Was he that Bad ??

bruuuno 10:18 Sun Mar 3
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Yea and he was golden brown yesterday

Peckham 10:15 Sun Mar 3
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For all the earlier season wandering and lack of tenacity I saw him in when settling in, is forgiven when I watch this.

He is golden when on fire.

bruuuno 10:01 Sun Mar 3
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He just wanders around, he’s way to immobile. Maybe he’s unfit?

Keep dreaming 9:53 Sun Mar 3
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It's easy to demand more and more from at top player like him. His skill are amazing, and we should count ourselves lucky to have him in our team.
He gives us mojo, and demonstrate for the rest of the team how to keep the ball in the team.
He will only get better as others around him get better.

Percy Dalton 9:40 Sun Mar 3
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Nobody is saying he isn't a top player it's just that he's gone off the boil it happens.
He needs a rest just to recharge his batteries.
Also I don't think he's been particularly targeted he's just run out of a bit of steam and will come good again.
So take your claret and blue specs off and talk a bit of sense.

boleyn8420 8:30 Sun Mar 3
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words fail me with some you lot, the shot you come out with pretending to be pseudo football experts telling us what he us doing wrong. He is targeted by the opposition because he is a top player, often doubling up on him. Anyway anyone with an ounce of sense can see he is a top player and if we keep hold of Diop, Rice and him by the end of the summer transfer window we will have had a great window. Watch the interest grow after the march internationals. Not a top player, give me strength

Mex Martillo 7:48 Sun Mar 3
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I agree Anders
But, I want more he should be closing in on the top midfilders in the league, I think he will get there but not fast enough for me

Anders 1:35 Sun Mar 3
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You’re all talking dross, he’s most talented player by a mile. We are lucky to have him, I love watching his dribbles. He played an incredible 60yard pass yesterday and nutmegged two. And yes he can tackle and work hard for the team. A great signing.

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