WEST HAM want to sign Brazilian Lazio star Felipe Anderson, according to Sky Sports.
The 25-year-old winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 Serie A appearances last season.
The former Santos man also notched three goals in seven Europa League appearances before his side was beaten by RB Salzburg in the quarter finals.
The Hammers will need to be busy this summer after axing David Moyes and appointing ex-Manchester City Manuel Pellegrini and SSN say this is a real deal.
And with Manchester United being linked with a move for star man Marko Arnoutovic, early talent spotting will be crucial.
In 177 appearances across five seasons for Lazio, Anderson has scored 34 goals and provided 42 assists and Lazio will fight fiercely to keep him.
The club already faces a battle to keep £96million-rated Man United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
And Lazio president Claudio Lotito has insisted that his club will no longer be a one-stop shop for cheap talents.
He said: “I get angry when I read people call Lazio a supermarket. I’ve never put anyone up for sale.
“In the past they wouldn’t even knock on the door, clubs would just come and take but now they have to ask for permission.”
Hammers defender Pablo Zabaleta has worked with Pellegrini before and claims he will bring attractive football to the club that would suit Anderson.
He said: “He’s a quiet person but he is also very determined and very strong in his belief about how football should be played.
“He likes to play good, attractive football and he plays to win, which the fans of all the clubs he has managed have always enjoyed.
“He has always been a good manager and I am sure he will show that again with West Ham.”
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