West Ham are poised to complete a £26m deal for exciting attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim that both sides had a positive meeting in Rome on Wednesday, with Lazio sporting director Igli Tare jetting into London on Thursday to conclude the transfer.

He is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League, although personal terms haven’t been agreed.

They are said to be close though, with a salary of £80k-a-week reported for thr 25-year-old midfielder who has one cap for Brazil.

Football Insider verdict:

Lots of players have been linked with West Ham and their new manager Manuel Pellegrini, and this is a massively exciting deal that will thrill fans. Pellegrini promised attacking football and that’s exactly what Anderson delivers. He’s scored eight goals and added 10 assists this season, in 32 games across all competitions. He’s scored 34 and added 42 assists in total in 177 games for Lazio, since he signed for around £7million in 2013. They’re great figures and he’s exactly the sort of player that will get fans off their feet at the London Stadium – in a good way this time. Lazio missed out on a Champions League spot on the last day of last season and that could prove to be a blessing for West Ham if they complete the deal for Anderson today, as seems likely. Anderson has only made one brief cameo appearance for his country, but he’ll be hoping he can rekindle his career in the Premier League. 

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