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Incoming West Ham signing was once on his way to Manchester United

West Ham are set to sign the Brazilian from Lazio this summer.

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West Ham United are on the verge of agreeing on a deal to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio, according to Sky Italia.

The report claims that the Hammers have agreed a £26 million fee to sign the player with Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare set to arrive in London today to conclude a deal.

The report claims personal terms are nearly agreed and the Brazilian will sign a deal worth £80k-a-week.

It will be a massive marquee signing for West Ham, with Anderson a fantastic talent who has previously been linked with a big-money move to England.

(Felipe Anderson 11-04-2018 Salisburgo Viaggio Lazio per la Trasferta in Austria per la partita di Europa League contro il Salisburgo. @ Marco Rosi / Fotonotizia

Back in 2016, one year after a first failed attempt to sign him, Manchester United launched a massive bid to bring Anderson to Old Trafford.

As reported by the Mirror the Italian side claimed that a £47 million fee had been agreed between both clubs to see Anderson head to Manchester. The deal was set to be confirmed in the summer of 2016. However, Louis van Gaal was replaced by Jose Mourinho that summer and any deal for Anderson fell away.

West Ham are therefore getting their hands on an incredible signing. Now fully fit after an abductor tear that saw him struggle at the start of the season West Ham will be signing a brilliant player.

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Jack Wilshere is West Ham’s most realistic midfield target this summer

The 26-year-old seems the best option for Manuel Pellegrini at the moment.

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Manuel Pellegrini has seemingly put signing a new midfielder high on his list of priorities this summer, having been linked with some stellar names, but is Jack Wilshere (Sky Sports) his most realistic target?

The Chilean has expressed his desire to get the Hammers playing attacking and progressive football again next term, and views a quality midfield addition as vital in achieving this.

Initially, the suggestion was made that Pellegrini would attempt to move for two-time Premier League winner Yaya Toure (the Telegraph), before stories broke claiming his interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore (Sky Sports).

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However, talks for both have stalled, with Toure’s preference to join a top-six side (Sport 24) and Pastore’s reported wage demands of £190,000-a-week (Sky Sports) to leave the French capital, with it now looking more likely Roma will land the 29-year-old’s signature.

Wilshere would employ the tactics Pellegrini is after and would instantly inject technical quality into the current functional midfield trio of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang. His ability to carry the ball past defensive counterparts and to spot a final pass would add extra dimensions to the Hammers’ play, and at the age of 26 he could still have his best years ahead.

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The ex-Bournemouth man has revealed he will not sign a contract extension at Arsenal with his contract set to expire imminently, meaning Pellegrini could land his signature on a free.

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Issa Diop’s presence at West Ham could spark a resurgence in Angelo Ogbonna

The newbie could strike up a strong partnership next term.

Jamie Watts

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is excited by the arrival of Toulouse defender Issa Diop, claiming his “pace and power” will suit the Premier League to a tee, in quotes via Sky Sports. But could his arrival also bare significance in sparking another quality defender back to life at in east London?

The record acquisition of the 21-year-old at the London Stadium (£21.9 million, Sky Sports), has been intended to revive a faltering back-line for the foreseeable future under the Chilean boss, but his presence could also elevate the performances of former Juventus regular Angelo Ogbonna.

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The 30-year-old enjoyed a decent spell under David Moyes and ranked first for clearances made, was joint-top in shots blocked, third in aerial duels and third in pass completion with the Hammers back in February. And next season he will be targeting a key role in the defence, alongside the new boy.

Diop’s “pace and power” will be key for the Hammers’ rearguard next term, and alongside Ogbonna both could really flourish. They both employ a similar style of defending, using their physicality to defend on the front foot, and in theory, an understanding should develop relatively quickly.

If all goes well, and everything clicks between the two, West Ham could have a brilliant defence next term, with Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku providing the width either side of the two imposing centre-backs.

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Tottenham should avoid move for Joao Mario after another average World Cup performance

The midfielder’s name has been touted around despite not turning in performances.

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Joao Mario was highly thought of last summer, and his loan-move to West Ham from Inter Milan was touted as the potential deal of the summer. However, it quickly became apparent that was not the case after the Portuguese midfielder failed to make an impact in the Premier League.

It has become well known that Inter are trying to land Tottenham‘s star enforcer Mousa Dembele, after the player revealed his concerns over physical conditioning in the cut-throat pace of the Premier League, as he enters the latter years of his career (the Telegraph).

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And Tuttosport claim that Mario is being readied in a make-weight offer for the Belgian’s services. But nothing thus far has suggested the 25-year-old is worth bringing to north London, and certainly not to replace such an immense midfielder.

Today won’t have helped the Italian’s chances of landing Dembele either, as Mario put in a typically tepid performance for Portugal in their 1-0 victory over Morocco. The majority of the team under-performed on the day.

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Perhaps it’s unfair to single out Mario, but being in the shop-window of the World Cup, and with the eyes of a top Premier League club watching, you’d think now would be the time to elevate his performances. But again it wasn’t to be and he looked visibly dejected upon being substituted in the second-half.

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