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Felipe Anderson: Playing for West Ham fans decisive in choice

Former Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson insists the chance to play for West Ham's fans had a big influence on his decision to move to London.

West Ham's sixth signing of the transfer window is already eager to step out onto the London Stadium pitch and show the loyal Claret and Blue supporters just what he can do.

Anderson said: “I've always liked West Ham fans. They're a fan base that really welcomes you and who give their all every game. I'm really keen to get playing and show them what I can do."

Anderson believes his days of playing street football as a kid in Brazil will prove to be a benefit to himself and his new West Ham teammates in the English top division.

“Every individual has different talents and different characteristics, but there's no doubt that playing in the street and on poor pitches in Brazil helped make my technique more refined," Anderson said.

“I think playing and learning this way helped me and I also think, with technique and pace, maybe I'll be able to adapt to the Premier League really quickly."

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