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West Ham break transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson

West Ham have broken their transfer record for the second time this summer by signing Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson, not 24 hours after announcing another arrival at The London Stadium in the form of Paraguay defender Fabian Balbuena.

Brazilian Anderson passed his medical on Friday and then signed a contract on a four year deal, for a fee which is reported to be in the region of £40 million.

That surpasses the £22 million that the East London club paid Toulouse last month for defender Issa Diop.

And their spending may be set to continue, with reports that Lyon have turned down a bid from The Hammers for their experienced centre-back Marcelo, whilst they continue to be linked with moves for Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina.

Speaking to the club’s website, Anderson said “I feel really happy and fulfilled to join West Ham United. 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.”

Former Santos player Anderson spent nearly 5 years at Lazio, making 177 appearances for the club in all competitions, and scoring 34 goals.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.