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Manuel Pellegrini reveals why he was desperate to bring record-signing Felipe Anderson to West Ham

The Hammers manager finally landed his man after several weeks of negotiations

Manuel Pellegrini believes Felipe Anderson will bring a "new dimension" to West Ham after finally securing a club-record £46m deal to bring the Brazilian to east London.

After more than a month of negotiations, Anderson finally put pen to paper on a four-year contract to join the Hammers from Lazio and began his pre-season training with his new teammates on Tuesday.

Anderson was the first target Pellegrini identified to bring to the capital to strengthen the Hammers squad after two years of under-performance in E20 under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes and the manager wouldn't rest until he got his man.

He was backed by the Hammers board, who have gone on an unprecedented spending splurge of nearly £100m so far this summer to transform the squad.
Pellegrini has now revealed why he was so keen to bring the winger to the London Stadium as part of his new look side that will also include Jack Wilshere, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena and Andriy Yarmolenko.

"Felipe has a very natural and skilful ability," Pellegrini told the official West Ham website.

"In the traditional style of Brazilian football, but has proven at Lazio that he also has the strength and mentality to play at the top level in European football.
Felipe Anderson is West Ham's record signing (Image: West Ham United/Getty Images)
"We feel he will bring a new dimension to the squad but also complement the attacking players we already have."
The manager also thanked co-chairman David Sullivan and David Gold for sanctioning his big-money splurge over the last six weeks.
"We are very happy with the players we have signed since I arrived and it gives us a big confidence ahead of the new season," he added.
Manuel Pellegrini reveals why he was desperate to bring record-signing Felipe Anderson to West Ham Reviewed by Akande Boluwatife on July 18, 2018 Rating: 5

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