West Ham United have pushed their summer spending past the £80m mark with the club-record signing of Felipe Anderson.
The Brazilian international, at one time a target of Manchester United, has finally arrived in the Premier League after completing a £35m (potentially rising to £42m) transfer from Lazio.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 15, 2018
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder joins an impressive list of summer acquisitions at the London Stadium, one that also includes Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena and new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Speaking to the club’s website upon completing the move, Felipe namechecked several club legends as motivators for making the switch to East London:
“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.”
It remains to be seen if the Hammers’ transfer business is now concluded for this window, but with the arrivals they already have in place, they are well-placed to vastly improve on last season’s 13th-place finish.