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Lazio confirm Felipe Anderson transfer from West Ham and say ‘he will return to a city that smiles more than London’

WEST HAM have waved goodbye to £36million flop Felipe Anderson after Lazio appeared to confirm his transfer.

The Brazilian hit just 12 goals in three years as a Hammer and spent a disappointing loan spell at Porto last season.

Felipe Anderson had started pre-season training with West Ham this month


Felipe Anderson had started pre-season training with West Ham this monthCredit: Rex

Lazio were rumoured last month to be keen on re-signing the winger, who emerged as a star of Serie A during an initial spell in Rome.

And a deal has been completed, although it has currently been announced solely through the Italian club’s app.

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The confirmation cited Anderson’s final appearance for the Aquile before signing for West Ham – a 3-2 defeat to Inter Milan that knocked the team out of the Champions League places on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign.

It also highlighted Lazio’s sky blue colour scheme and sunnier climes as ‘smiling’ more than East London.

The statement read: “Felipe Anderson and Lazio have found themselves after three seasons lived apart.

“When the roads parted, the club and the Brazilian continued towards their respective ambitions: for Lazio to chase the Champions League, after the failure of the evening of 20 May 2018, against Inter.

“From tomorrow his home will once again bear the colours of the sky, the sky of a city that smiles more than London and that wants to bring back the smile of Felipe Anderson and his football.”

Lazio will pay just over £2m for the 28-year-old, according to TuttoMercato.

Anderson must undergo a five-day quarantine and coronavirus testing regime before he can officially be unveiled.

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It is said he will take a significant pay cut to earn £35,000-a-week on a five-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

Anderson made a name for himself in five years at Lazio


Anderson made a name for himself in five years at LazioCredit: AP:Associated Press

West Ham are reportedly also set to hold a 50 per cent sell-on clause for any future transfer away from Lazio.

New coach Maurizio Sarri is described as a fan of Anderson’s since his days in charge of Napoli.

The 28-year-old led Lazio to a Supercoppa Italiana crown after an appearance in the 2017 Coppa Italia final during his first stint at the club.

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