Five facts about West Ham signing Wellington Paulista

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West Ham have signed another striker, this time on loan.

West Ham have been one of the Premier League's busiest teams this January, snapping up Joe Cole and Sean Macguire on permanent deals, and Marouane Chamakh on loan.

Now they have wrapped up the loan signing of Brazilian attacker Wellington Paulista. They are averaging a signing once every two days so far this month.

Back to Wellington, who is he and what can we tell you about him? Here are five facts...

1) Wellington Paulista is 28 and signs from Cruzeiro in Brazil, former club of legend Jairzinho, Chelsea ace Ramires and World Cup winner Rivaldo.

2) He is a striker who can also operate on the wing, most usually in a 4-3-3 formation.

3) West Ham become Wellington Paulista's ninth club - the longest he has been anywhere is Cruzeiro, since 2009- although this has included a brief loan at Palmeiras.

4) He has played in Europe before with Spanish side Alaves in 2006/07 - and has scored against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

5) Wellington was Cruzeiro's top scorer last year, scoring 27 times for his club.

You can watch him in action below...

Have you seen him play? What do you think of West Ham's signings this month?

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