West Ham have moved closer to completing a £40million deal to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio, according to the Daily Mail.
The national newspaper state that the Hammers have applied for a work permit for the Brazilian right-sided midfielder as they prepare to smash their transfer record to secure his services.
The Daily Mail report that Anderson is understood to be keen to play for Manuel Pellegrini and that the Hammers boss is thought to have had a huge influence on the deal for the midfielder reaching such an advance stage.
It is believed that the Hammers will pay £37million upfront for Anderson with add-ons likely to see the deal to sign the midfielder be worth in the region of £40million.
The Hammers will put everyone on notice if they successfully seal a deal for Anderson this summer. Not only will the club smash it’s previous transfer record, which was set by the £25million transfer of Marko Arnautovic last summer, several clubs will be jealous that a player of Anderson’s calibre will soon be at the London Stadium. The 25-year-old who can be deployed as a right-sided midfielder, a winger on either flank or even take up a central role in the team as an attacking midfielder is a fantastic talent. Anderson has scored 34 goals and registered 42 assists during the 177 appearances he has made for Lazio so it’s easy to imagine him taking the Premier League by storm. It’s good to hear that Pellegrini’s high-profile name is already attracting talent such as Anderson to the club as it means Hammers supporters can expect even more players to be lured by the prospect of playing for the experienced manager.