David Sullivan, joint-chairman of West Ham United, claims the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio is a ‘statement of intent’ by his club.
The Hammers this morning completed a club record deal to recruit the Brazilian, believed to be in the region of €40m.
And speaking to the London club’s official website, Sullivan expressed his delight at having secured one of manager Manuel Pellegrini’s ‘main targets’ of the summer.
“Felipe was a main target of the manager so we are delighted we’ve been able to bring him to the club.
“We’re very pleased with the business we’ve done so far and I hope the supporters are just as excited as we are about the squad we are building here at West Ham.
“The deal sees us significantly break our transfer record and we feel it’s a real statement of intent.”
Director of football Mario Husillos added that he views Anderson as ‘one of the most exciting talents in European football.’
"We are very happy and pleased to welcome Felipe to West Ham United," Husillos said.
“We believe that we have signed one of the most exciting talents in European football.
“Felipe has shown a fantastic level of performance at Lazio in recent seasons and we believe that he will now bring that quality to the Premier League.
“He is also a player very suited to the style of Manuel Pellegrini.
“For West Ham United this is a very big statement, a club record, so we must thank the owners for their support and work in making this transfer possible.”
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