Italian journalist claims Felipe Anderson is 'so close' to West Ham move after clause included in contract

Manuel Pellegrini speaks during a Manchester City press conference on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match against Real Madrid at the Academy training ground...

West Ham United have moved a significant step closer to signing prime target Felipe Anderson according to a Sky Sports Italia reporter.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio in action during the serie A match between SS Lazio and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Olimpico on April 22, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

West Ham are trying to sign Lazio star Felipe Anderson to mark a new era under Manuel Pellegrini, as reported by the likes of Sky Sports.

The 25-year-old winger scored seven goals and provided 12 assists in an injury-hit season for Lazio last term during which he helped the Rome club to the Europa League quarter-finals.

The move has excited West Ham fans as Anderson has proved to be one of Lazio's key players for a number of seasons, having signed from Santos for just £6.75m in 2013.

In 177 appearances across five seasons for Lazio, Anderson has scored 34 goals and provided 42 assists.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio looks on during the serie A match between SS Lazio and Bologna FC at Stadio Olimpico on March 18, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

West Ham appeared to be close to signing the Brazilian last week after the Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Lazio have already decided what they want to do with the money they receive from the Hammers.

Talk went quiet, though, until last night when a well-placed Italian journalist working for Sky Sports Italy claimed the deal is close after the Hammers included a key clause in a deal worth over £25 million.

Fabrizio Romano, who also writes for The Guardian, said the move is 'so close.

The former coach of Manchester City, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini (L), arrives for the draw of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament, in Santiago, on July 12, 2016.

"Felipe Anderson to West Ham, agreement so close!," Romano said on Twitter.

"Last bid from West Ham is €30M (£26.4 million) + 20% future sale: on next hours, Lazio director Tare will be in London to finalize the deal."

The news will excite West Ham fans who look set for a busy summer after the arrival of Director of Football Mario Husillos.

And it appears he is working his magic already with the Hammers also linked with France U23 captain and highly-rated centre back Issa Diop, as reported by Sky Sports.

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