Report: West Ham take big step towards signing Anderson, whopping club-record deal close

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 United are reportedly closing in on Lazio's Felipe Anderson.

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

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United have applied for a work permit to be given to winger Felipe Anderson as the Lazio man nears a £40million move to East London.

The Hammers have been active this summer, and even just this week. Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop have all arrived, whilst deals for Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko have been sealed in recent days.

Manuel Pellegrini's men aren't done yet though, as they have been chasing the signature of Lazio wide man Felipe Anderson for weeks now, with talks with Lazio seemingly at an impasse.

However, the Daily Mail now report that West Ham are set to sign Anderson for £37million rising to £40million – a club-record fee – and have now applied for a work permit to be given to the Brazilian in preparation for his arrival.

Anderson, 25, has impressed with the Italian side since a 2013 move from Santos, and hit eight goals and 10 assists last season before seeking a move to England.

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.

Pacey and skilful, Anderson predominantly plays on the right flank but can also play on the left in order to cut in on his right foot, whilst he has also played behind a striker at Lazio.

With Manuel Lanzini potentially out for the season, West Ham certainly need a player of Anderson's flair, and with a whopping fee set to be paid out, they will be expecting big things from him.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio competes for the ball with FC Internazionale players during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Olimpico on May 20, 2018 in Rome,...

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