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West Ham close to finalising move for Brazilian star

West Ham are close to finalising their fourth signing of the transfer window, after agreeing a fee with Lazio for their Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson.

Italian news outlet Calciomercato now report that, after extensive negotiations, the two clubs to be now reached an agreement for his transfer, with the fee set to be in the region of €40 million (£35 million), with Lazio including a future resale clause of 20%.

Anderson joined Lazio from Brazilian club Santos in the summer of 2013 and has gone on to make 177 senior appearances for their senior side, scoring 34 times in the process.

He has one full international cap for Brazil, but has not played for the national side since 2015.

The Hammers have already signed Ryan Fredericks from Fulham, Issa Diop from Toulouse, and goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski from Swansea City, and, if Anderson does join, he is unlikely to be the last new arrival at the London Stadium, as new manager Manuel Pellegrini continues to overhaul his squad.

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