West Ham United have announced the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record fee, according to the Guardian.
The Hammers broke the transfer record barrier they set when they signed Toulouse’s Issa Diop for £22million to land the 25-year-old Brazilian. Anderson signed a four-year contract with the Hammers, with the initial £33.5m fee paid for the midfielder potentially rising to £42m following add-ons.
Anderson recorded eight goals and made ten assists in 32 appearances for Lazio last season, earning his move to the London club, with West Ham’s director of football Mario Husillos expressing his delight at signing a player he considers as ‘one of the most exciting talents in European football’.
The former Santos player becomes the seventh signing of the East London club under new boss Manuel Pellegrini, having already secured the arrivals of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Fabian Balbuena.
After moving from Santos in 2013, Anderson spent five seasons in Italy with Lazio, winning the Super Coppa Italiana in 2017. Overall, he registered 34 goals and 42 assists in 177 appearances for the Roman club.
He has made his one senior appearance for the Selecao in 2015 and was also part of the Brazil Olympic squad which won the gold medal on home soil in 2016.