Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and other new faces at West Ham

Sport360 staff 19:15 24/07/2018
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West Ham have been one of the biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, splashing almost £100million on seven new players.

Here, we run the rule over the new faces at the London Stadium.

Felipe Anderson

New manager Manuel Pellegrini smashed the club’s record transfer fee to land Brazilian playmaker Anderson for around £40million from Lazio.

Pellegrini’s top target is renowned for his dribbling skills and was part of the Brazil squad which won Olympic gold two years ago.

The 25-year-old is also a close friend of Neymar having played alongside the Paris Saint-Germain star at Santos.

felipe anderson

Ryan Fredericks

Pellegrini’s first signing was right-back Fredericks on a free transfer from Fulham.

The 25-year-old, who began his career at Tottenham and also had spells at Brentford, Millwall, Middlesbrough and Bristol City, was named in the Championship team of the year last season after helping Fulham to promotion via the play-offs.

Ryan Fredericks

Lukasz Fabianski

Experienced 33-year-old goalkeeper who excelled for Swansea over the last four years but was unable to prevent them being relegated last season.

West Ham spent around £7million on the former Arsenal keeper after Joe Hart’s disappointing loan spell came to an end this summer.

Fabianski will start the season as first choice ahead of Spaniard Adrian.

Lukasz Fabianski

Issa Diop

Highly-rated centre-half who cost in the region of £22million from Toulouse, Diop was named in the team of the tournament – and scored in the final – as France won the European Under-19 championships in 2016.

Despite being only 21, Diop was named Toulouse captain last season as they retained their place in Ligue 1 in the promotion/relegation play-off against Ajaccio.

Issa Diop

Jack Wilshere

West Ham took a chance on the midfielder after he opted to leave Arsenal following 10 years with the north Londoners.

Wilshere’s quality on the ball is unquestionable but doubts persist about his fitness.

Nevertheless, the 26-year-old will be keen to push his claims for an England recall having been overlooked for this summer’s World Cup.


Andriy Yarmolenko

Another eye-catching attacking recruit, Yarmolenko was snapped up from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal for a fee of around £17.5million.

The 28-year-old winger has made 77 appearances for Ukraine and is 13 goals behind Andriy Shevchenko’s record total of 48.

He also endeared himself to West Ham fans by scoring against Spurs in the Champions League last season.

Andriy Yarmolenko 1

Fabian Balbuena

Pellegrini further bolstered West Ham’s rearguard with the capture of Paraguayan centre-back Balbuena from Corinthians in a deal worth around £3.5million.

The 26-year-old’s style of play has earned the nickname ‘el Comandante’, or ‘the General’, and he celebrates his occasional goals with a military salute.

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