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Hammers Recruit Brazilian Striker

West Ham have recruited Brazilian forward Wellington Paulista from Cruzeiro on a six-month loan deal.
 
The 29-year-old, Cruzeiro's top scorer last term, becomes Hammers boss Sam Allardyce's fourth signing of the January transfer window following the acquisitions of Joe Cole, Sean Maguire and Marouane Chamakh.
 
Paulista is confident he can impress in the Premier League.

"I think I can do my best here and I am coming to England to prove to everyone that I am one of the best strikers in Brazil and to get better and better," he told West Ham TV.

"I am strong, I am a fighter and I can score with both feet. I run a lot on the pitch and I can play as either as first or second striker.

"The pressure will not be a problem for me because I am used to it from my time in Brazil, where the fans were really addicted to the club. The manager also put pressure on the players too, so it will be the same playing here."

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan added: "He is another exciting player to add to our squad and although he may not be that well known on these shores, he comes with an excellent track record in Brazil.

"His arrival is similar to some of the other 'wildcard' players we have signed before like in Demba Ba and Ilan.

"They both made significant contributions and if he can match their efforts he will be an excellent acquisition for West Ham United."

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