I was always of the opinion that when it came to announcing, a record signing, the Hammers hierarchy would wait until after the weekend.
But, it seems their excitement may have gotten the better of them as the news broke that the deal to bring the Brazilian midfielder, Felipe Anderson, to the club had been successfully concluded, on Sunday.
Anderson, 25-years-of-age, becomes the Hammers seventh signing of the summer joining the club, from Lazio, for a club record fee of £36 million which could, in time, rise to £41.5 million.
The deal ties Anderson to the club for four years with the player remarking, as reported by the BBC
“West Ham is a club with a lot of tradition. Lots of great players have played here, like Bobby Moore, Carlos Tevez and Di Canio.
“I’m aiming big. Who knows, maybe I could hit their heights and be a legend here too. I’m really happy to be here. It’s a dream come true.”
Whereas the Hammers director of football, Mario Husillos, has commented,
“We believe we have signed one of the most exciting talents in European football.
“This is a very big statement.”
Indeed, it is, David Sullivan promised we’d witness a summer spending spree the likes of which we’d never witnessed before and he has certainly lived up to his word.
Now Sullivan has clearly delivered the players Pellegrini wanted, the pressure now turns to the Chilean to mould the squad he has at his disposal into an effective unit that can see the Hammers chase a place amongst the big clubs of the Premier League.
Clearly, there are exciting times ahead for the West Ham support.